Saleh Ra’fat

Saleh Ra’fat, born in Arraba (present-day Israel) in 1945, is a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee (EC) and head of the EC’s Military and Security Department. He is also a member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and deputy secretary general of the Palestinian Democratic Union (FIDA).

Ra’fat helped establish the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) branch in Algeria as a student activist. He joined the Arab Nationalist Movement in 1961, and helped found both the PFLP and DFLP in 1968 and 1969 respectively.

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