Kamal Nasser

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Kamal Nasser (1925 – April 9/April 10, 1973) was a Palestinian PLO political leader, writer and poet.

Early life

Nasser was born in Gaza to a Palestinian Christian family from Bir Zeit near Ramallah. He was educated at Bir Zeit school (now Bir Zeit University and the American University of Beirut. Later he worked as a teacher while studying law in Jerusalem. In the period following Israeli independence Nasser worked as a journalist.

Political life

He was responsible for producing the al-Ba‘ath newspaper from Ramallah and also set up al-Jil al-Jadid (The New Era), a militant newspaper. In 1956 he was elected to Jordanian parliament as Ba‘ath member for Ramallah district. He did not serve out his term as a result of his expulsion from Parliament during the subsequent martial law period in Jordan.Expelled from West Bank by Israel in 1967, Nasser became editor of PLO newspaper, Filastin al-Thawra. In addition, at that time he became a member of PLO Executive Committee from February 1969 through July 1971 serving as an official with the office of National Guidance.

Death

Nasser was killed in a targeted killing in West Beirut by Israel Defense Forces in the 1973 Israeli raid on Lebanon (Operation Spring of Youth), on the night of April 9/April 10, 1973. One of the killers was reportedly Ehud Barak, dressed up as a woman, who later became prime minister of Israel., by Laura Blumenfeld Washington Post, August 27, 2006

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