Mahmoud Aloul

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Mahmoud al-Aloul (Arabic: محمود العالول‎) (b. 1950[1]) was the governor of the Palestinian Authority's Nablus governorate [2] in the Central Highlands of the West Bank.

In early 2018, he was widely discussed as the likely successor to Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian Authority.[1]

Aloul was elected to the Fatah Central Committee in August 2009. According to Aloul, the Palestinians still maintain their belief in armed struggle against the State of Israel.[3]

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.[1]

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