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Abu Nidal

1937 - 2002

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Sabri Khalil al-Banna (May 1937 – 16 August 2002), known by his nom de guerre Abu Nidal, was the founder of Fatah: The Revolutionary Council, a militant Palestinian splinter group more commonly known as the Abu Nidal Organization (ANO). At the height of its militancy in the 1970s and 1980s, the ANO was widely regarded as the most ruthless of the Palestinian groups.Abu Nidal ("father of struggle") formed the ANO in October 1974 after a split from Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction within the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Acting as a freelance contractor, Abu Nidal is believed to have ordered attacks in 20 countries, killing over 300 and injuring over 650. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu Nidal has received more than 627,825 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Abu Nidal is the 50th most popular extremist (down from 47th in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from Israel (up from 108th in 2019) and the most popular Israeli Extremist.

Abu Nidal was a Palestinian terrorist who was most famous for his 1983 assassination of Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish American passenger on the Achille Lauro cruise ship.

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Among extremists, Abu Nidal ranks 50 out of 209Before him are Henri Désiré Landru, Jeffrey Dahmer, Sawney Bean, Fritz Haarmann, Pavlik Morozov, and Madame de Brinvilliers. After him are Butch Cassidy, Patrizia Reggiani, Edmund Kemper, George Stinney, Gudrun Ensslin, and Jordan Belfort.

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Among people born in 1937, Abu Nidal ranks 49Before him are Juvénal Habyarimana, Andrei Konchalovsky, Ferdinand Piëch, Thomas Pynchon, Jacques Santer, and Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. After him are Paolo Conte, Roger Zelazny, Anatoly Sobchak, Roald Hoffmann, Sajida Talfah, and Hunter S. Thompson. Among people deceased in 2002, Abu Nidal ranks 30Before him are Robert Nozick, Nándor Hidegkuti, Fritz Walter, James Tobin, Jonas Savimbi, and Raf Vallone. After him are Alexander Prokhorov, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Ne Win, Zizinho, George Porter, and John Gotti.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Abu Nidal ranks 106 out of 430Before him are Philip the Tetrarch (-4), Dan Shechtman (1941), Canaan (null), Natalie Portman (1981), Philip the Evangelist (100), and Gene Simmons (1949). After him are Isaac Herzog (1960), Ofra Haza (1957), Aaron Ciechanover (1947), George Habash (1926), Nahum (-600), and Simeon of Jerusalem (100).

Among EXTREMISTS In Israel

Among extremists born in Israel, Abu Nidal ranks 1After him are George Habash (1926), Sirhan Sirhan (1944), Wadie Haddad (1927), and Yigal Amir (1970).