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Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Yassin

Born: 1937? AD
Died: 2004 AD.

Nationality: Palestinian
Categories: Politician


1937 - Born in Jura, small village near the town of Majdal.

1948 - He and his family moved to Gaza after his village was destroyed during the Arab-Israeli War.

        - He was a refugee in Gaza after 1948 and worked as teacher, preacher, and community worker.

1973 - He founded of the Islamic Centre in Gaza, which soon controlled all religious institutions.

1979 - He founded the Islamic Organization," Gil Sedan noted, "a body Israeli military authorities initially hoped would reduce the political influence of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement.

1984 - He was arrested and sentenced to 13 years in jail for illegal possession of arms, the establishment of a military organization and calling for the annihilation of Israel. Yassin acknowledged that he founded an organization of religious activists with the goal of fighting non-religious factions in the territories, and carrying out "Jihad" operations against Israel.

1985 -  He was released in a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and the terrorist organization of Ahmed Jibril.

1987 - He co-founded Hamas with Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi in originally calling it the Palestinian Wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

1989 - He ordered Hamas to kidnap Israeli soldiers inside Israel, to murder them and bury their bodies in a manner that would allow Hamas to negotiate the exchange of bodies for Hamas prisoners, who would be released from jails in Israel.

1989-1997 - He was released in exchange for two Mossad agents following a bungled assassination attempt.

        - He was suspected by Israeli authorities to have authorized the killing of Palestinians collaborating with the Israel Defense Forces.

2003 - On the 13th of June, unnamed Israeli officials announced that Yassin "is not immune" to assassination under the Israeli policy of "targeted interception.

         - On the 6th of September, an Israeli Air Force F-16 dropped a quarter ton bomb on a building in Gaza City, the Gaza Strip. Yassin was in the building at the time and was lightly wounded by the bomb.

2004 - On the 22th of March, He was killed in an Israeli helicopter missile strike on his car as he was leaving a mosque in the northern Gaza Strip.


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