Abdel Rahim Mallouh

Abdel Rahim Mallouh, born in 1945 in Qalqilya, is a member of PFLP which he co-founded in 1967. He served as the party’s deputy secretary general until 2013. He was also a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee until May 2018.

He was arrested by Israel in 2002 and sentenced to seven years in prison. While in Israeli prison, he co-signed the June 2006 National Conciliation Document of the Prisoners – together with Marwan Barghouti (Fatah), Abdulkhaleq al-Natsheh (Hamas), Bassam Sa’adi (PIJ), and Mustafa Badarneh (DFLP).

Prior to this he was a member of the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) in Baghdad in 1965. Mallouh was involved in the battle of Karameh in 1968 between the PLO and the Jordanian army, and was detained and tortured by Jordan between 1977-1978. He later became the PFLP commander in Beirut in 1982. Mallouh returned to the West Bank in 1999 following the Oslo Accords, and in 2001 ran for secretary general of the PFLP, but lost to Ahmad Sa’adat.