Friday, February 01, 2008

George Habash dies

One of the most famous Palestinian resistance fighters of all time has died. Dr George Habash (1925 - 2008) was widely regarded as a a key Palestinian militant leader. He founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP is one of the smallest of the all the Palestinian groups but one of the most influential. The PFLP is extremist and radical but has attracted many intellectuals - particularly university people - which accounts for its power. Many PFLP people were strongly anti-Arafat and anti the corrupt old guard of Fatah which dominate Palestinian politics today - another reason for the popularity of this very extreme group.

2 comments:

Davis said...

Resistance fighter?

William said...

Yes - an interesting question. When does a resistance fighter become a terrorist? When he attacks civilians as his primary target. What if those civilians are settlers occupying your land? Is it legal to kill them?