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Ahmad Yassin

Founder of Hamas, influential in Palestinian resistance movement.

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Date of Birth:



Al Joura, Askalan, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Ahmad Yassin was a pivotal figure in the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation. He founded Hamas, introducing a strong religious dimension to the Palestinian resistance. His leadership in Hamas significantly impacted the dynamics of the Palestinian resistance.

Brief bio

Ahmad Yassin, born in Al Joura, became a central figure in the Palestinian resistance movement. Despite being a quadriplegic due to an accident, he actively participated in shaping the political landscape of Palestine. As the founder of Hamas, Yassin played a dual role in organizing both militant activities against Israeli occupation and educational and welfare activities for Palestinians. His imprisonment and later release added to his status as a symbol of resistance.

Major Milestones


  • 1948: Forcibly displacement to Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli occupation.

  • 1952: Paralyzed from a neck injury, confining him to a wheelchair.

  • 1987: Founded Hamas during the first Palestinian Intifada.

  • 1989: Convicted and imprisoned for involvement in a plot against collaborators with the occupation.

  • 1997: Released from Israeli prison, further enhancing his status as a resistance symbol.

  • Founding and leading Hamas, a major player in Palestinian resistance...See More

  • Integrating Islamic principles into the Palestinian national struggle...See More

  • Shaping the resistance approach through both militant and welfare activities...See More

  • Influencing the Palestinian resistance approach against Israeli occupation.

  • Contributing to the ideological shift in the Palestinian resistance towards a blend of nationalism and Islamism.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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