Ruhollah Mousavi whose given name means “inspired of God” was born into a family of Shi’ite religious scholars in the small Iranian village of Khomein. When Ha’iri died in the 1930s, the Ayatollah Boroujerdi succeeded him as the most important Islamic figure in Qom. Khomeini is also well known for releasing a fatwa (a legal document issued by a Muslim cleric) calling for the death of Indian-British author Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses in 1989. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Biography.
For decades George Habash was one of the most important Palestinian militant leaders. In 1967 he founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – at one time the most notorious of the many Palestinian factions. The group and its leader pioneered the tactic of hijacking aeroplanes, to try to achieve political objectives. For many years the PFLP was very influential within the PLO, second only to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement. George Habash was born into a Christian family in Lydda (present-day Lod) in Palestine around 1926. His family fled their home in 1948, when Israel was founded.
King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein was born on January 30, 1962. King Abdullah, the direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammed, assumed his constitutional powers as King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 7, 1999, the day his father, the late King Hussein, passed away. King Abdullah began his education at the Islamic Educational College and received his secondary education at St. Edmund’s School in Surrey, England, Eaglebrook School in Massachusetts, then at Deerfield Academy in the United States of America. In 1980, King Abdullah entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. He attended Oxford University in 1984. From 1986 -1987 he was attached to the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s Helicopter Anti-Tank Wing as a Tactics Instructor, where he received qualification as a Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot. King Abdullah II biography and profile.
Sadaf Khadem, born in 1995, and she is the first Iranian woman ever to take part in an official boxing match. Some women fight but the bouts are illegal and being held in Turkey with no medical insurance. Little by little she became Iran’s only professional female boxer. “My parents were worried when I started boxing but they saw I was really loving it so now they are supporting me. I’m now steaming ahead,” said Khadem. Sadaf Khadem Biography and Profile.
Moshe Feiglin was born on 31 July 1962 and together with other members in the summer of 2015 the founded the Zehut party. Mr. Feiglin formerly served as a Knesset member in the Likud party and as Deputy Speaker of the 19th Knesset. The Feiglin family’s roots are deep in the Land of Israel. Moshe’s grandfather, Avraham Feiglin, was the first child born in the settlement of Metula, and his father, Yaakov Tzvi, served in the Hebrew Settlements Police and was one of the pioneers of the textile industry in Israel. In March 2015, Feiglin announced the establishment of the “Zehut – the Israeli Jewish Movement” party. Read Moshe Feiglin Biography and Profile.
Mohammad Shtayyeh born 17 January 1958. Shtayyeh has joined and led multiple other initiatives related to Palestinian development and also focused on regional projects. Shtayyeh maintains a close relationship to Abbas and frequently defends his policies. Read Mohammad Shtayyeh Biography and Profile.
Born in Cairo in 1929, Yasser Arafat was named chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization 40 years later. Arafat signed a self-governing pact with Israel in 1991, at the Madrid Conference, and together with Israeli leaders made several attempts at lasting peace soon after, notably through the Oslo Accords (1993) and the Camp David Summit of 2000. Arafat and Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize, but the terms were never implemented. Arafat ceded his PLO chairman post in 2003, and died in Paris in 2004. Read Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat Biography and Profile.