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Ali Hassan Salameh
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    (1940-January 22, 1979)
    Born in Qula, Palestine
    Head of security for Fatah
    Chief of operations for Black September
    Nicknamed ‘the Red Prince’
    Assassinated by Mossad (Israeli intelligence) with a car bomb that also killed his four bodyguards and four bystanders
    He was the mastermind behind the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympics.
    He was behind one of the largest bank robberies in history, the theft of $210 million from the British Bank of the Middle East in Beirut (1976).
    He was also responsible for several plane hijackings, a massacre of 27 tourists at Lod Airport, a letter bomb campaign against Israeli embassies, the murders of the American and Saudi ambassadors in Sudan, and the assassination of Prime Minister Wasfi al-Tal of Jordan.
    An Mossad hit team hunting for him murdered a Moroccan waiter in Lillehammer, Norway, in a case of mistaken identity (July 21, 1973).
    He married a former Miss Universe, Georgina Rizak.
    He served as a secret contact between the CIA and PLO.
    He had Black September provide security for Americans being evacuated from Lebanon during its civil war (1975-76).
    He reportedly tipped off the US State Department to an assassination plot against Henry Kissinger by other radical Palestinians.
    Shortly before his death, the CIA showed its gratitude by taking him to Walt Disney World, a place he had long wanted to visit.

Credit: C. Fishel

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