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Leila Khaled

Iconic figure in Palestinian armed struggle and feminist movement.

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Date of Birth:



Haifa, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Key figure in PFLP, known for airline hijackings, political activism.

Brief bio

Leila Khaled is a renowned Palestinian figure, most famous for her role in the hijacking of two airliners in 1969 and 1970 as part of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She is also recognized for her continued activism in Palestinian political movements and her role in feminist discourse.

Major Milestones


  • Forced Exile during Nakba (1948): Her family left Haifa after it fell to Zionist forces.

  • Joining PFLP and First Plane Hijacking (1969): Hijacked a plane from Rome to Athens for PFLP.

  • Second Plane Hijacking (1970): Participated in another hijacking, an El Al flight, but was captured.

  • Establishment of Palestine Women Organization (1982): Became the first secretary of the organization.

  • Elected Member of PFLP Political Bureau (1993): Signifying her continued influence in Palestinian politics.

  • Prominent Role in Armed Struggle: Notable for her daring hijackings which brought international attention to the Palestinian cause...See More

  • Women’s Rights Activism: Actively involved in advocating for women's rights within the Palestinian context...See More

  • Political Involvement: Longtime member and leader within the PFLP and the Palestinian National Council...See More

  • Cultural Icon: Became a symbol of resistance and the Palestinian struggle...See More

  • Educational and Social Work: Engaged in various social and educational programs, especially for women and children affected by conflict.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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