Leila Khaled

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Leila Khaled (Arabic: ليلى خالد, Arabic pronunciation: [ˈlajla ˈxaːled] born April 9, 1944) is a former Palestinian militant and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She is famous as the first woman to hijack an airplane.. Khaled gained her prominence for her role in the TWA Flight 840 hijacking in 1969 and one of the four simultaneous Dawson's Field hijackings the following year as part of the campaign of Black September in Jordan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leila Khaled has received more than 1,172,910 page views. Her biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Leila Khaled is the 103rd most popular social activist (up from 134th in 2019), the 103rd most popular biography from Israel (up from 112th in 2019) and the most popular Israeli Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Leila Khaled ranks 103 out of 840Before her are Anneliese Michel, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Zhang Jue, Annie Besant, and Louise Michel. After her are Kasturba Gandhi, Syed Ahmad Khan, Jody Williams, Bugsy Siegel, Ishikawa Goemon, and Narges Mohammadi.

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Among people born in 1944, Leila Khaled ranks 64Before her are Rudy Giuliani, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Peter Weir, John Holmes, Askar Akayev, and Bora Milutinović. After her are Makoto Kobayashi, Udo Kier, Serge Haroche, Abdul Hamid, Klaus Nomi, and Claudia Mori.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Leila Khaled ranks 103 out of 466Before her are Antigonus II Mattathias (-100), Epiphanius of Salamis (315), Tzipi Livni (1958), Aaron Ciechanover (1947), Uri Geller (1946), and Berenice (28). After her are Yigal Allon (1918), Ofra Haza (1957), Natalie Portman (1981), Itzhak Perlman (1945), Philip the Tetrarch (-4), and Ghassan Kanafani (1936).


Among social activists born in Israel, Leila Khaled ranks 1