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Khalil Al-Wazir was a Palestinian leader and a prominent aide of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat

InformationDetail
BirthdayOctober 10, 1935
Died onApril 16, 1988
NationalityPalestinian
FamousCo-founder of Fatah, Palestinian Leaders, Leaders
SpousesIntissar al-Wazir
Known asKhalil Ibrahim al-Wazir, Abu Jihad, Father of the Struggle
Childrens Bassem al-Wazir, Hanan al-Wazir, Iman al-Wazir, Jihad al-Wazir, Nedal al-Wazir
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Fatah
Cause of deathAssassination
Birth PlaceRamla
GenderMale
FatherIbrahim al-Wazir
Sun SignLibra
Born inRamla
Famous asPalestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah
Died at Age52

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Who is Khalil al-Wazir?

Khalil Al-Wazir was a Palestinian leader and a prominent aide of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat. He was a key factor in the origins of the Palestinian resistance towards Israel. His family was displaced when Israel captured his home town during the war of 1947. This fostered resentment towards Israel early on, which would become the main driving force behind his struggle. He finished school in the Gaza Strip at a high school. It is here that his resentment towards Israel found an outlet. His first "operation" against Israelis came in high school when he organized a group of his friends to harass guards at Israeli outposts. This seemingly harmless activity was only the beginning of a life defined by military prowess. Al-Wazir eventually met Yasir Arafat, and together these two men formed Fatah, and later the Palestinian Liberation Organization. These two organizations were integral in Arafat's effort to establish an independent state of Palestine. On the Israeli side, Al-Wazir is seen as one of the most dangerous Palestinian terrorists to ever live.

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Childhood & Early Life

Khalil Al-Wazir was born on October 20th, 1935, in Ramla, Palestine. This area became part of Israel when Israel was created in 1948.

His father, Ibrahim Al-Wazir, worked in town as a grocer. He lost his livelihood when Israel took over the area and displaced 50,000 Palestinians.

The family relocated to the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Here, Al-Wazir finished high school and developed an animosity towards Israelis. He organized a group to harass Israeli soldiers while still in high school.

Al-Wazir completed his secondary education in Cairo, Egypt, in 1954. Here he met Yasir Arafat, who became leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

Career

Khalil Al-Wazir made his mark as a military strategist. In 1954, he was reprimanded by the Egyptian government for involvement in the planning and execution of attacks against Israelis.

In 1956 Al-Wazir was thrown in prison in Egypt for being a member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. This strict Muslim group was outlawed in Egypt at the time.

Shortly after being released from prison, Al-Wazir received his first official military training.

In 1957 he was detained for a third time, this time for leading military raids against Israel. His punishment was exile to Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia he became a teacher.

He continued his life as a teacher when he moved to Kuwait in 1959. It was in Kuwait where he focused on building the foundation of the Fatah organization.

In 1958 Al-Wazir and Yasir Arafat started the militant group Fatah. The purpose of Fatah was to use guerilla warfare against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Al-Wazir relocated to Algeria in 1962 to establish relations with the Algerian government, as well as to operate a Fatah training and recruitment facility.

In 1963 he established relations with leaders of communist nations such as North Vietnam, China, and North Korea. This rallied international support for Fatah.

In 1964 Fatah merged with several smaller groups to become the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Arafat was the leader of the PLO and Al-Wazir was his second in command.

Al-Wazir, along with the rest of the Fatah leadership, set up headquarters in Syria in 1965.

In 1966 Al-Wazir and Yasir Arafat were arrested and convicted for their involvement in the death Yusuf Orabi. The two men were eventually pardoned by the secretary-general of Syria.

Al-Wazir played a huge role in the six-day war of 1967. This war, although a defeat, led to Fatah becoming the faction with the most influence over the Palestinian people.

His most important diplomatic efforts came in 1971 when Fatah was expelled from Jordan for the black September fiasco. Al-Wazir reached out to the Jordanian regime and smoothed everything over.

After the black September issue Al-Wazir relocated to Beirut. During this time he planned and executed such attacks as the Savoy operation in 1975 and the Coastal Road Massacre in 1978.

In 1982 he had a disagreement with PLO leadership over the Lebanon civil war. He relocated to Tunisia and focused on building resistance among the youth in the Gaza Strip.

His life and career came to an abrupt end when he was assassinated at his home in Tunisia on April 16, 1988. His assassination is believed to be the work of Israeli commandos.

Major Works

Khalil Al-Wazir is known for his founding role in ‘Fatah’. This organization was a political and militant group whose mission was to liberate the people of Palestine.

One of the biggest operations ran by Al-Wazir is the Savoy operation in 1975. Eight of his soldiers kidnapped and killed 8 hostages at the Savoy hotel in Tel Aviv. Three of the hostages were Israeli soldiers.

His second biggest operation was the Coastal Road Massacre in 1978. Six of his operatives hijacked a bus and proceeded to kill 35 Israelis

Personal Life & Legacy

Al-Wazir was married to his cousin Intissar in 1962. They had 5 children together, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Their names are Jihad, Bassem, Nidal, Iman and Hanan.

He was a controversial figure throughout his life. The Palestinians saw him as a martyr and a symbol of the fight for freedom. On the other hand, Israel and their allies saw him as the leader of a terrorist organization.

On April 16th, 1988 he was assassinated in front of his wife and son by Israeli commandos.

Not many people know Khalil Al-Wazir briefly studied architecture at the University of Cairo

He also cared deeply about the youth. He remained an active source of hope for the youth until his death.

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Khalil al-Wazir biography timelines

  • // 20th Oct 1935 To 1948
    Khalil Al-Wazir was born on October 20th, 1935, in Ramla, Palestine. This area became part of Israel when Israel was created in 1948.
  • // 1954
    Al-Wazir completed his secondary education in Cairo, Egypt, in 1954. Here he met Yasir Arafat, who became leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
  • // 1954
    Khalil Al-Wazir made his mark as a military strategist. In 1954, he was reprimanded by the Egyptian government for involvement in the planning and execution of attacks against Israelis.
  • // 1956
    In 1956 Al-Wazir was thrown in prison in Egypt for being a member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. This strict Muslim group was outlawed in Egypt at the time.
  • // 1957
    In 1957 he was detained for a third time, this time for leading military raids against Israel. His punishment was exile to Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia he became a teacher.
  • // 1958
    In 1958 Al-Wazir and Yasir Arafat started the militant group Fatah. The purpose of Fatah was to use guerilla warfare against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
  • // 1959
    He continued his life as a teacher when he moved to Kuwait in 1959. It was in Kuwait where he focused on building the foundation of the Fatah organization.
  • // 1962
    Al-Wazir relocated to Algeria in 1962 to establish relations with the Algerian government, as well as to operate a Fatah training and recruitment facility.
  • // 1962
    Al-Wazir was married to his cousin Intissar in 1962. They had 5 children together, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Their names are Jihad, Bassem, Nidal, Iman and Hanan.
  • // 1963
    In 1963 he established relations with leaders of communist nations such as North Vietnam, China, and North Korea. This rallied international support for Fatah.
  • // 1964
    In 1964 Fatah merged with several smaller groups to become the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Arafat was the leader of the PLO and Al-Wazir was his second in command.
  • // 1965
    Al-Wazir, along with the rest of the Fatah leadership, set up headquarters in Syria in 1965.
  • // 1966
    In 1966 Al-Wazir and Yasir Arafat were arrested and convicted for their involvement in the death Yusuf Orabi. The two men were eventually pardoned by the secretary-general of Syria.
  • // 1967
    Al-Wazir played a huge role in the six-day war of 1967. This war, although a defeat, led to Fatah becoming the faction with the most influence over the Palestinian people.
  • // 1971
    His most important diplomatic efforts came in 1971 when Fatah was expelled from Jordan for the black September fiasco. Al-Wazir reached out to the Jordanian regime and smoothed everything over.
  • // 1975 To 1978
    After the black September issue Al-Wazir relocated to Beirut. During this time he planned and executed such attacks as the Savoy operation in 1975 and the Coastal Road Massacre in 1978.
  • // 1975
    One of the biggest operations ran by Al-Wazir is the Savoy operation in 1975. Eight of his soldiers kidnapped and killed 8 hostages at the Savoy hotel in Tel Aviv. Three of the hostages were Israeli soldiers.
  • // 1978
    His second biggest operation was the Coastal Road Massacre in 1978. Six of his operatives hijacked a bus and proceeded to kill 35 Israelis
  • // 1982
    In 1982 he had a disagreement with PLO leadership over the Lebanon civil war. He relocated to Tunisia and focused on building resistance among the youth in the Gaza Strip.
  • // 16th Apr 1988
    His life and career came to an abrupt end when he was assassinated at his home in Tunisia on April 16, 1988. His assassination is believed to be the work of Israeli commandos.
  • // 16th Apr 1988
    On April 16th, 1988 he was assassinated in front of his wife and son by Israeli commandos.

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Khalil al-Wazir's FAQ

  • What is Khalil al-Wazir birthday?

    Khalil al-Wazir was born at 1935-10-10

  • When was Khalil al-Wazir died?

    Khalil al-Wazir was died at 1988-04-16

  • Where was Khalil al-Wazir died?

    Khalil al-Wazir was died in Tunis, Tunisia

  • Which age was Khalil al-Wazir died?

    Khalil al-Wazir was died at age 52

  • Where is Khalil al-Wazir's birth place?

    Khalil al-Wazir was born in Ramla

  • What is Khalil al-Wazir nationalities?

    Khalil al-Wazir's nationalities is Palestinian

  • Who is Khalil al-Wazir spouses?

    Khalil al-Wazir's spouses is Intissar al-Wazir

  • Who is Khalil al-Wazir childrens?

    Khalil al-Wazir's childrens is Bassem al-Wazir, Hanan al-Wazir, Iman al-Wazir, Jihad al-Wazir, Nedal al-Wazir

  • Which company or organization was founded by Khalil al-Wazir?

    Khalil al-Wazir was the founder/co-founder of Fatah

  • What is Khalil al-Wazir's cause of dead?

    Khalil al-Wazir dead because of Assassination

  • Who is Khalil al-Wazir's father?

    Khalil al-Wazir's father is Ibrahim al-Wazir

  • What is Khalil al-Wazir's sun sign?

    Khalil al-Wazir is Libra

  • How famous is Khalil al-Wazir?

    Khalil al-Wazir is famouse as Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah