[Georges Ibrahim Abdallah] is neither Palestinian nor Muslim, but a Lebanese Christian who professes to have great sympathy for Syria. And while his movement, the Lebanese Revolutionary Armed Faction, has an ideological base, it appears to draw most of its strength from Abdallah's family and his home village.
Abdallah is believed to have founded the Lebanese Revolutionary Armed Faction in 1979 in the village of Koubeyat, enlisting his four brothers, Joseph, Emile, Robert and Maurice, and several friends. The French newspaper Le Monde has said that Joseph was the main intellectual influence on Georges. A fifth brother, who became a naturalized French citizen, died in France.
The Lebanese Revolutionary Armed Faction began suffering reverses with the arrest of two key members, close friends of Abdallah, in 1984. Abdallah himself approached the French police in Lyon that year, asking for protection against what he said was an attempt by Israeli agents to kill him.