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Mamduh Nofal
Qalqiliya, Tulkarm, Palestine
(1944-2006)
Mamduh Nofal - Was among the founders of the DFLP after its split from PFLP in 1969; PNC member since 1971; became military commander of the DFLP in 1972.
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Mamduh Nofal

Born in Qalqilya in 1944; completed his basic and secondary schooling in Qalqilya; attended a Teacher College and worked as a teacher;

Became active in the ANM in 1961; moved to the military branch of the movements “Shabab Ath-Tha’r” and “Abtal Al-’Awda” in 1965; founded an armed group in the Qalqilya area in 1966;

Left his teaching position in 1967 to devote his time to the PFLP; helped establishing its military branch in Jordan in 1968; was among the founders of the DFLP after its split from PFLP in 1969; PNC member since 1971; became military commander of the DFLP in 1972 and served as member of its politburo (until 1988); served as member of the DFLP delegation to the Soviet Union in Nov. 1974;

Was a member of the PLO Higher Military Council since its establishment in 1974; was one of the leaders of the Palestinian revolution in Lebanon in 1986, 1987, 1988; mediated between the Fateh factions in Lebanon in the mid-1980s; left Lebanon to Tunisia following the first Intifada in 1988;

Became a member in the Higher Committee for Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations and the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference; helped establish Fida in 1991 and became a politburo member;

Returned to the West Bank on 3 March 1996 and became a member of the PLO Higher Committee for Palestinian National Security; served as Pres. Yasser Arafat’s political advisor for internal affairs; occasionally contributed as columnist to Al-Ayyam newspaper;

Was opposed to militarizing the second Intifada; supported the Geneva Initiative; is a member of the Palestinian Higher Security Council; worked as independent author and political analyst from Ramallah;

Has published a number of articles, studies and books, incl. The Story of the Oslo Agreement (1995), The Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations: Madrid-Washington (1996), In Search of Statehood (Arabic, 2000), Intifada: The Shattering of the Peace Process (2002), and Electing Mr. President (2005);

Died on 21 July 2006 in Amman.

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