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Hani Hassan

(1939 - 2012)

PLO leader; studied engineering in the 1950-60s in Darmstadt and Munich, Germany; leader of the Union of Palestinian Students in Europe as well as of many affiliated workers' unions in the early 1960s; elected President of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) at a congress in Gaza, 1962; formed & led his own underground commando group in Germany; joined Fateh in 1963 and committed his group to it; Arafat's chief political adviser on day-to-day matters, his special envoy and crisis manager.

Sources: PASSIA