Ever wonder who the super duper tewwowist was before Bin Laden? I present to you Abu Nidal.
Abu Nidal was one of the world’s most ruthless terrorist leaders through the late 1990s. Primarily active in the 1970s and 1980s on the ultra-hardline fringe of the Palestine Liberation Organization and later the rejectionist front, Abu Nidal targeted Arab politicians and activists who were “soft” on the Israeli issue. Jews of all nationalities as well as political representatives of Western nations were also targets, especially those involved in the peace process in the Middle East.
Looks like another rich kid gone bad narrative.
Abu Nidal was born in Jaffa, on the Mediterranean coast of what was then the British Mandate of Palestine. His father, Hajj Khalil al-Banna, owned 6,000 acres (24 km2) of orange groves situated between Jaffa and Majdal, today Ashkelon in Israel. The family lived in luxury in a three-storey stone house near the beach, later used as an Israeli military court. Muhammad Khalil al-Banna, Abu Nidal’s brother, told Yossi Melman:
For someone so notorious, there is the usual paucity of pictures. Don’t tewwowists have their own paparazzi?
h/t Joan Edwards