Who is Khaled Mashal? Hamas man who addressed Kerala rally

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Oct 30, 2023

Pro-Palestine rally in Kerala

Khaled Mashal virtually addressed a pro-Palestine rally in Kerala's Malappuram. In the rally, he called for unity in Gaza.

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Who is Khaled Mashal?

Khaled Mashal is the leader and former head of the Palestinian organization Hamas. He was the chairman of Hamas until 2017.

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Mashal and Hamas

Mashal was earlier a teacher. However, owing to the Palestinian movement in the 1980s, he became a crucial part of Hamas' leadership.

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Head of Hamas

In 1996, Khaled Mashal was elected as the chairman of Hamas, following the imprisonment of his predecessor Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook in 1995.

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Was Khaled Mashal born in West Bank?

According to Mashal's BBC profile, he was born on May 28, 1956, in the West Bank and was brought up in Kuwait and Jordan.

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Time Magazine once termed Mashal as 'The man who haunts Israel'

Mashal and his family had to flee their home after the 1967 war between Israel and Arab states. After that, he became a member of Hamas.

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'Founding member'

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Mashal said that he was one of the founders of Hamas and he was part of it even before Hamas was officially declared

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What is Khaled Mashal's take on negotiation with Israel?

In 2017, Mashal said, "For us, the principle of negotiations or not is not something set in stone. It is a matter of politics and it is dynamic"

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