Wadi Haddad

Wadi Haddad






Wadi Haddad [Abu Hani] PFLP leader. Born in Safad 1927, into Greek Orthodox family, 1948 refugee. Medical student at American Univirsity of Beruit, grad 1952, participated in the establishment of Arab Nationalists Movement. Established Amman clinic with
Habash and worked with UNRWA in Jordan Valley in 1956. Arrested by Jordan in 1957, escaped to Syria in 1961. Strongly favoured taking up commando action from 1963, despite Abd al-Nasir's opposition, and active in formation of the "struggle apparatus" that led to the earliest Arab Nationalists Movement missions. Had direct role in planning the first PFLP plane hijacking in Jul. 1968 of El-Al jet, also was key organiser of the Sep. 1970 hijackings. After Black September, was heavily criticised from within PFLP, and was barred from international acts of violence in future. Continued operations under the tag of "PFLP External Operations", culminated in the Entebbe operation of Jun. 1976, for which he was expelled from the PFLP (1976). Died in East Germany of leukaemia on 28 Mar. 1978

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