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Faris Odeh

Iconic symbol of Palestinian resistance during Al-Aqsa Intifada.

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Date of Birth:



Zeitoun quarter, Gaza City, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Faris Odeh became a symbol of Palestinian resistance due to a photograph of him throwing a stone at an Israeli tank during the Second Intifada, an act that embodied the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation. This image was taken on October 29, 2000, and he tragically lost his life just days later on November 8, 2000, at the age of 15, while again confronting Israeli tanks.

Brief bio

Faris Odeh was a young Palestinian boy who gained international recognition and became a symbol of resistance through a single act of defiance against Israeli military presence in Gaza. His image, captured while throwing a stone at an Israeli tank, resonates as a powerful symbol of the Palestinian struggle.

Major Milestones


  • Birth in Gaza: Born in the Zeitoun quarter of Gaza City, Palestine, in 1985.

  • Early Life: Known for his daredevil personality in his community.

  • Iconic Photograph: Captured in a photograph throwing a stone at an Israeli tank on October 29, 2000.

  • Death: Fatally wounded by Israeli forces on November 8, 2000.

  • Posthumous Symbol: Became an enduring symbol of Palestinian resistance following his death.

  • Symbol of Resistance: His image became a globally recognized symbol of the Palestinian resistance...See More

  • Inspiring Youth: Inspired young Palestinians to continue their struggle for freedom and rights...See More

  • International Awareness: Brought international attention to the plight of Palestinians in Gaza...See More

  • Humanizing the Conflict: Helped humanize the Palestinian side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Legacy of Courage: Represented the courage and determination of Palestinian youth.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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