Nayef Hawatmeh announced Thursday that after the withdrawl is complete, he’ll relocate from Damascus to Gaza. Hawatmeh, you may recall, is head of the Marxist-Leninist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), third largest wing of the PLO. He said:
I will return to the Gaza Strip after a full Israeli withdrawal from the area … The borders of Gaza will be open to any Palestinian wishing to return to Palestine.
Leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have also been rumoured to have plans to live in Gaza. Which is good, because if there is one thing you don’t want, it’s gaps in your political spectrum.
Hawatme’s DFLP was formed in 1969, and have moved around a few times: Jordan, then Lebanon and now Syria. One of their more notorious attacks on Israel happened in 1970 in Ma’alot where they took over a school where scores of children from Safed on a field trip in the region were sleeping. Twenty seven people, mostly kids, died. Other attacks include Bet Shean in 1974, some grenade attacks in the 80s as well as an attack on a Hebron bus in 1985. He was however, one of the earlier PLO leaders to push for dialogue with Israel.