His name also surfaced in Nicaragua, on a list compiled by terrorists of potential Latin American kidnap targets. Handwritten notes in the margins suggested snatching Mr. Saba wouldn't prove harmful to the left's image. "A Jew. He has no social prestige," was how the list's authors dismissed Mr. Saba, according to reports at the time, reflecting a prejudice shared by revolutionaries and reactionaries alike.
Mr. Saba was the son of Syrian Jews from Aleppo.