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Wadeeh Haddad

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  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1927
  • Age: 96
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Wadih Haddad (1927 - March 28, 1978) was a leader and one of the founders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and before that the Arab Nationalist Movement. He and his companion, Dr. George Habash.

its beginning
Wadih Haddad was born in the city of Safed in the year 1927, and his father was working as a teacher of the Arabic language in a secondary school in the city of Haifa, and by virtue of his father’s presence in the city of Haifa, he received his primary, preparatory and secondary education in this city. While he was in school in its various stages, he was distinguished by his blazing intelligence, distinguished activities, and excellence in mathematics. He was also an athletic young man practicing jogging and other sporting activities.

As a result of the tragedy that befell the Palestinian people as a result of the Nakba in the year 48, he was forced to emigrate from his homeland and sought refuge with his family and his father in the city of Beirut, where they settled there. Meanwhile, Wadih enrolled in studies at the American University in Beirut to study medicine.

its history
He assumed a leadership position in the “Al-Urwa Al-Wuthqa Association”, and later in the “Arab Nationalist Movement” and then the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.” Since its founding, Dr. Wadih Haddad has assumed very basic leadership tasks in the front, as he was entrusted with two main tasks: finance and foreign military action. Through them, he demonstrated leadership and practical capabilities, as he embodied the slogan “behind the enemy everywhere.” Wadih was at that time the smartest Palestinian figure, and he used to gather the fedayeen.

During his work in the external organization, he led cells operating around the world, and was behind the famous hijackings of planes, including the German Landshut plane. Wadih left the Popular Front after the campaign against him by the leader Ahmed Al-Yamani (Abu Maher), Salah Salah and Walid Qaddoura. Wadih Haddad left the ranks of the Popular Front, but the Front's Fifth National Conference restored his organizational consideration, as "a unique national and Palestinian symbol who gave everything for the sake of Palestine, which he always dreamed and worked to reach as soon as possible and in the shortest way."

his death
He died on March 28, 1978 in East Germany, and it was rumored that he died of leukemia. But after 28 years, Israel recently admitted through one of its intelligence officers who wrote part of his intelligence life that it had assassinated him by poisoning him in chocolate through an Iraqi agent who held a high-ranking position. Yedioth Ahronoth quoted the author as saying that Israel decided to liquidate Haddad on the grounds that he had masterminded the hijacking of the Air France plane, which was on its way from Paris to Tel Aviv, to Entebbe, Uganda in 1976, and that he was responsible for a series of dangerous operations.

He added that the Mossad learned of Haddad's passion for Belgian chocolate, which was difficult to obtain at the time in Baghdad, his residence. Mossad experts introduced a slowly acting biological toxin into a batch of Belgian chocolate, which they sent to Haddad by a high-ranking Iraqi agent upon his return from Europe to Iraq.

The author notes that this physical purification process “was the first biological purification process” carried out by Israel. He added that Israel had accused Haddad, an "experienced and multi-talented terrorist", of having been the first to hijack a plane belonging to the Israeli airline El Al in 1968, and the hostages were released only after the Israeli government submitted to his condition of releasing Palestinian prisoners.

The Mossad also accused him of being responsible for establishing relations between Palestinian organizations and international terrorist organizations and invited their members to train in Lebanon, one of the results of which was the “Japanese Red Army” massacre at Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv) in 1972.

The author continues that the hijacking of the Air France plane to Entebbe was the straw that broke the camel's back, as the leaders of the Mossad and the Military Intelligence Service immediately decided to eliminate Haddad, and the Prime Minister at the time, Menachem Begin, approved the operation.

The writer, who titled his book “An Open Account,” referred to Haddad’s fondness for chocolate, especially Belgian, and that Israel knew how to take advantage of this “weakness” and used a Mossad agent to carry Belgian chocolate with him from Europe, but not before Mossad agents introduced a biological poison into it. A fatal effect that appears weeks after ingestion, and leads to the collapse of the body's immune system.

He added that after the assassination of Haddad, a sharp decrease was recorded in the number of operations targeting Israel around the world. He added that the Mossad saw in this liquidation process an embodiment of the theory of "preventive liquidation" or the liquidation of a ticking bomb represented by "a creative brain that did not stop planning the next operation (Haddad)."


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