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George Habash

Revolutionary leader, PFLP founder, influential figure in Palestinian struggle.

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Date of Birth:

1926

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Lydd, Palestine

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Why Featured?

George Habash played a pivotal role in the Palestinian resistance movement. As the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), he was a significant figure in the Arab nationalist movement and the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation. His strategies and ideologies significantly impacted the political landscape of the Middle East, especially regarding the Palestinian cause.

Brief bio

George Habash, born in Lydda, Palestine, was a leading figure in the Palestinian national movement. He was compelled to leave Palestine in 1948 following the Israeli occupation forces and later founded the PFLP. Habash's strategies, often controversial, included high-profile airplane hijackings to garner international attention for the Palestinian cause. Known as "al-hakim" (the Doctor), he was a prominent voice against the two-state solution and advocated for a unified Arab response to the Palestinian issue.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • 1948: Forcibly expelled from Lydd in the Nakba by the Israeli occupation.

  • 1952: Founded the Arab Nationalists' Movement.

  • 1967: Establishment of the PFLP after the Six-Day War.

  • 1970: Orchestrated the hijacking of several airliners to Jordan.

  • 1980: Suffered a stroke, leading to partial paralysis and reduced political activity.

  • Advocating for the unified Arab response to the liberation of Palestine...See More

  • Highlighting the Palestinian cause through high-profile airplane hijackings...See More

  • Forming the Rejectionist Front, opposing the two-state solution.

  • Influencing the Arab political stage and Palestinian resistance strategies.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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