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Mahmoud Zahar

Mahmoud ZaharAKA Mahmoud al-Zahar

Born: 1945
Birthplace: Gaza

Gender: Male
Religion: Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: Palestine
Executive summary: Hamas co-founder, spokesman

A doctor by trade, Mahmoud al-Zahar helped create the Islamic University in Gaza in 1978. Advisor to the Palestinian health minister. He was one of the founding members of Hamas in 1987, becoming its first press spokesman. Survived an Israeli assassination attempt on 10 September 2003, in which Israeli F-16s dropped a several-ton bomb on his house in Rimal, in Gaza City, killing his son Khaled and his bodyguard and injuring al-Zahar, his wife, and one of their daughters.

Father: (Palestinian)
Mother: (Egyptian)
Wife: (m., three sons, four daughters)
Son: Khaled Zahar (b. circa 1974, d. 10-Sep-2003 Israeli bombing)

    University: Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo (1971)
    University: MA General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo (1976)

    Hamas Co-founder, spokesman
    Assassination Attempt 10-Sep-1973

Author of books:
Nowhere Under Sun (?, novel)
On the Platform


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