Ahmad Jibril

Ahmad Jibril (أحمد جبريل), born near Jaffa in 1938, was the founder and leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC).

He founded the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) in 1959. Jibril then went on to co-found the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1967 (by merging his PLF with a faction of the Arab National Movement). However, he soon broke from the PFLP due to ideological differences and personal rivalries to found the PFLP-GC in 1968.

Having previously served as an officer in the Syrian army he was quickly able to secure financial backing for his newly formed PFLP-GC from Syria. In exchange, the PFLP-GC fought alongside Syrian forces against the PLO during Syria’s 1976 intervention of Lebanon.

Jibril lived most of his life in Syria. He died in July 2021.

Ahmed Jibri