Abd al-Aziz ar-Rantisi ( Arabic: عبدالعزيز الرنتيسي ; October 23, 1947 - April 17, 2004 ) is the successor to Sheikh Ahmed Yasin as an unofficial [ specify ] the leader of the radical Islamist movement Hamas , recognized in several countries as terrorist . He was one of the Holocaust deniers  .
|Rantisi, Abdel Aziz|
|Date of Birth||October 23, 1947|
|Place of Birth||Ibna village|
|Date of death||April 17, 2004 (56 years old)|
|A place of death||Strip|
|Education||Alexandria University, Egypt|
Prior to being appointed head of Hamas, he was a member of the political wing of the movement (unofficially, also a combat one). Born in the village of Ibna, in 1948 the family fled to the Gaza Strip . After nine years of study at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, he received a diploma in pediatrics and genetics (but never had a practice). After this, Rantisi returned to Gaza and taught parasitology and genetics at the Islamic University. He was a member of the Palestinian Red Crescent and a member of the board of directors of the Islamic Complex, a medical company from Gaza.
He was married to Jamil Hashanti, elected in 2006 to the Palestinian Legislative Council , father of 6 children.
After the first intifada
Rantisi was among 415 Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists deported to southern Lebanon in December 1992 ; a year after that, he returned to Israel , was detained and again released. Rantisi also sat several times in a Palestinian prison for terrorist activities and criticism of Yasser Arafat . Being Yasin's right hand, Rantisi was one of the main opponents of any truce with Israel or the cessation of terrorist attacks. Often, he determined the position of Hamas.
Rantisi was responsible for the attack on the Erez checkpoint on June 8, 2003 , in which four Israeli soldiers were killed. After 2 days, his car was attacked by an Israeli helicopter, resulting in the death of Rantisi's bodyguard and 1 passerby, but Rantisi himself survived. 
On January 26, 2004, Rantisi proposed a 10-year truce to Israel in exchange for recognizing the Palestinian state within 1967, releasing all prisoners and returning refugees to their lands. At the same time, Rantissi emphasized that this initiative should not be understood as the readiness of Hamas to recognize the legitimacy of the existence of the State of Israel and to consider a temporary truce as an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: 
- "... at this stage, it will be difficult to implement the plan for the complete liberation of all Palestinian land, and therefore we decide on the phased implementation of this plan."
March 23, 2004, after the death of Yasin, Rantisi was proclaimed head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. On March 27 , addressing the Palestinians, Rantisi said that “Allah is waging war against George W. Bush and A. Sharon, ” and called on the people to jihad.
|We are all destined to die. One from a heart attack, the other from a rocket launched by the Israeli Apache Abdel Aziz Rantisi|
On April 17, 2004, Rantisi was killed by a rocket strike from an Israeli helicopter, in addition to him, his eldest son and bodyguard were killed.
After the liquidation of Rantisi, Israeli Prime Minister A. Sharon repeated the words he said after the liquidation of Yasin: "The destruction of terrorist leaders will continue," and the head of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Mashal, issued a decree not to publish the names of the following Hamas chapters, fearing for their safety .  .
- MEMRI: Hamas Leader Rantisi: The Holocaust-The Greatest of Lies Funded by the Zionists, August 27, 2003 MEMRI
- General Assembly, Tenth emergency special session Archived on April 19, 2014.
- Hamas invites Israel to abandon Jerusalem for a ten-year truce, 01/26/04
- Hunt for the Terminator, Sergey Strokan, Top Secret, 06/03/2004