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Shadia Abu Ghazaleh

Early female Palestinian military activist

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Date of Birth:

1949

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Nablus, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was a pioneering female figure in the Palestinian resistance movement.

Her involvement in the Arab Nationalist Movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) marked a significant turning point in the role of women in the Palestinian struggle.

She is remembered for her dedication to the cause of Palestinian liberation and her role in educating and mobilizing other women.

Brief bio

Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was a Palestinian political activist known for her early involvement in military resistance post-1967. She joined the Arab Nationalist Movement in 1964 and was an early member of the PFLP founded in 1967. She emphasized the importance of education and knowledge as tools for liberation. Her death at a young age in a bomb-making incident added to her legacy as a martyr for the Palestinian cause.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Born in Nablus on 8 January 1949.

  • Joined the Arab Nationalist Movement in 1964.

  • Became an early member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in 1967.

  • Led women's organizations and was involved in the political and military education of young people.

  • Martyred in an explosion while preparing a bomb on 28 November 1968.

  • Among the first Palestinian women to engage in military resistance...See More

  • Played a vital role in women's organizations within the Palestinian resistance movement.

  • Contributed significantly to the political and military education of Palestinian youth.

  • Her death galvanized further involvement of women in the Palestinian struggle.

  • Continues to be a symbol of female empowerment and resistance in Palestinian history.

Date of Last Update: 
January 16, 2024

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