Nawaf Ghazaleh (Arabic: نواف غزالة) (1927 – November 20, 2005) was a Syrian Druze who assassinated the overthrown and former Syrian president Adib Shishakli. The assassination took place on September 27, 1964 in Brazil, where Shishkhali was in exile. Ghazaleh approached Shishkhali when he was crossing a bridge between the citys Ceres and Rialma, exchanged a few words with him before shooting him five times with a pistol. It was revenge for Shishakli's military campaign in Jabal al-Druze. The Ghazaleh clan had taken some of the largest casualties during the assault.
During a speech in 2006, Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt called for the killing of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad by referring to Nawaf Ghazaleh: "A (Nawaf) must emerge one day - and if the international court proves futile, we are (Nawafs) and we are all (Salma Seyour) and we are all (Jamal Saab). No matter how long it take, one of us will emerge and take revenge for all the martyrs, starting from Kamal Jumblatt to Pierre Gemayel who I hope is the last."
- Steel & silk: men & women who shaped Syria 1900-2000, p 340
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