(1929 - 2004)|
Chronological Order (oldest first)|
1929| Arafat born in Jerusalem.|
1933| Mother dies, moved to Cairo.|
1946| "By 1946, he [Arafat] had become a Palestinian nationalist and was procuring weapons in Egypt to be smuggled into Palestine for the Arab cause." CNN.com, "Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat," 2004| 1948| "In the 1948 war, when he was a student in Cairo, he joined a small group of students who attempted to reach Israel to take part in the fighting. When they reached Gaza, a regular Egyptian army unit disarmed them and prevented them from joining in the hostilities." Dr. Shaul Kimhi, Dr. Shmuel Even, Prof. Jerrold Post, "Yasir ArafatPsychological Profile and Strategic Analysis," The International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism, 2003| 1951 - 1957| "Arafat studies engineering at Cairo University and becomes involved with the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood. He organizes and leads the Union of Palestinian Students." Associated Press, "Key Dates in the Life of Yasser Arafat," 2003"In 1956, Arafat and a group of other middle-class Palestinians living in Kuwait decided to rededicate themselves to the liberation of Palestine and formed their own underground guerrilla organization called al-Fatah ('Victory')." Thomas Friedman, "From Beirut to Jerusalem," p. 110, Anchor Books, 1995| 1964| "In 1964 the Arab League did create...the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), but it was under Egyptian control and the armed forces connected with it formed part of the armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq." Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples, p. 412, Warner Books, 1991| 1967 - 1969| "The 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which brought humiliating defeat to the Arabs' convential armies, gave Mr Arafat's group [Fatah] a chance to become heroes to Arabs desperately in need of some." Judith Miller, "Arafat Was the Symbol of His People's Longing for Identity," New York Times,...