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Monday, January 28, 2008

Obituary: George Habash

Whatever one may write about the tactics of Dr. Geroge Habash, and I do not condone the violence he perpetrated, let it also be said he was true to the cause and did not sell out the Palestinians at Osla, unlike his more famous comrade. For more click on the heading- t

Obituary: George Habash
By Crispin Thorold
BBC News, Amman

George Habash in 1970
In 1970, Habash had to flee Jordan
For decades George Habash was one of the most important Palestinian militant leaders.

In 1967 he founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - at one time the most notorious of the many Palestinian factions.

The group and its leader pioneered the tactic of hijacking aeroplanes, to try to achieve political objectives.

For many years the PFLP was very influential within the PLO, second only to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.

George Habash was born into a Christian family in Lydda (present-day Lod) in Palestine around 1926. His family fled their home in 1948, when Israel was founded. Soon afterwards George Habash enrolled at the American University of Beirut where he studied medicine.


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