After the Six-Day War, Aloul was arrested by Israel and sent to live in Jordan, where he joined Fatah. He rose within Fatah, and, in the 1970s, moved to Lebanon. There he served under Khalil al-Wazir, as commander of a Fatah militant brigade that kidnapped six Israeli soldiers in 1983; ransoming them for incarcerated Palestinians in an Israeli–Fatah prisoner exchange.
- Rumley, Grant (7 March 2018). "The Next Palestinian President?". The American Interest. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
- Interview with Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Governor of Nablus
- Palestinians have not abandoned armed struggle, Jerusalem Post
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