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Therese Halasa

Palestinian Revolutionary, Hijacker

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Date of Birth:



Al-Rameh, near Akka, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Prominent role in Palestinian resistance

Brief bio

Therese Halasa was a revolutionary known for her participation in the hijacking of a Belgian Sabena airliner in 1972.
She was born to a Jordanian father and a Palestinian mother and grew up under Israeli occupation law. Inspired by a sense of patriotism, she joined the Palestinian resistance.

Major Milestones


  • Birth in Palestine (1954): Born in Al-Rameh, near Akka, in the Upper Galilee, Palestine .

  • Joining the Palestinian Revolution (1971): Decided to join the Palestinian resistance in Lebanon...See More

  • Hijacking of Sabena Flight: Participated in the hijacking of a Belgian Sabena airliner en route to Tel-Aviv with the objective of securing the release of Palestinian prisoners ...See More

  • Imprisonment and Release (1972-1983): Was captured, tried, and imprisoned by Israeli authorities, and released in 1983 in a prisoner exchange .

  • Life in Jordan Post-Release: Lived in Jordan after her release, continuing to advocate for Palestinian rights until her death...See More

  • Incarceration and Advocacy (1972-1983): Advocated for Palestinian rights and educated herself while in Israeli prison .

  • Nursing and Community Work: Worked as a nurse in Jordan, caring for patients with disabilities.

  • Political Activism: Continued to participate in sit-ins and demonstrations for Palestine in Jordan .

  • Inspirational Interviews and Speeches: Gave interviews and speeches,sharing her story and perspective on the Palestinian struggle .

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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