Personalities: Who's Who
1929 Hebron. Become a refugee to Hebron in 1948, where he joined National Liberation League, joined the Jordanian Communist Party (JCP) 1948, arrested several times by Jordan. After 1967 repeatedly arrested by Israel for his activism, lived in Prague after going to Moscow for medical treatment, elected to PNC and PLO Central Council. Retired from PLO and official positions in 1991 but still represents PPP in certain occasions, returned to the west bank in May 1993, promotes human rights and democracy.
1938, Safad. Ph.D. Economics and Administrative Science, 1965. MBA, Finance and Banking, The Wharton School, both from University of Pennsylvania, 1961. B.A. Business Administration, University of Alexandria, Egypt, 1958. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information, Chairman, The Ministerial Reform Committee, 2005, Minster of Foreign Affairs (2003 –2005), Member, National Security Council, 2003-, Minster of Planning and International Cooperation, 1994 – 2003. PLC member/ Khan Yunis, member; Central Committee of Fateh 1987- . Chairman of Fateh National Conference since 1971. Member of the PNC and PCC of the PLO since 1969. Member of the Negotiations Committee, 1995 – .Chairman of the drafting committee of the Palestinian Constitution 2002- directed assistanc efforts from international donors1995- Director General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Planning Center in Beirut 1970–Arafat’s political advisor. Founder and President ;Team International: a professional management, engineering and developmental training and consulting organization, and the Arab Center for Administrative Development 1975–1992, worked with several Arab governments as consultant, established and directed the “Arab Summer Computer Camps” for children 1983-1990. Professor, then Dean of the school of Business Administration at the American University in Beirut 1969-1975. University lecturer of Economics and finance at the Wharton school, University of Pennsylvania1961-1965
1943, Imwas, Latroun, raised in Halhoul, Hebron, resides in Ramallah. Artist; graduated in photography from the Fine Arts College of Alexandria in 1969, first exhibit was in 1972, participated in about 20 group exhibitions in Palestine, various international cities. has authored a number of art books and was a founding member of the "New Vision" artists group in 1987 and of the Jerusalem Wasiti Center in 1994.. He was awarded in 1997 the first Palestine Prize for Visual Arts. He was elected in 1998 as the head of the Palestinian Artist’s League.
1945 Jerusalem. Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics (American University in Beirut) and a B.Sc. in Nuclear Physics (University of Mainz, Germany), taught physics in Germany, Italy, France, England, Lebanon and Jordan before joining Birzeit University in 1980. In 1984, appointed the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Birzeit University until 1989. In 1996, he co-founded the Palestine Economic Research and Policy Institute (MAS). In 1998 was appointed Minister of State (without portfolio) in charge of the Bethlehem 2000 Project. Served Minister of Tourism in 2002 and then Minster of planning, he resigned to become the president of Birzeit University in 2003. Since 1998, has participated in negotiations with Israel as member of the Madrid Peace Delegation. He later headed the Technical and Advisory Committee to the Palestinian negotiation team, offering technical support to the Palestinian negotiators.
1947 Doura, Palestine. Mr. Amr is married with five children and four grandchildren. Mr. Amr holds a degree in Law (Damascus University) and a diploma in Media and Radio Broadcasting (Damascus University). His interests include reading, power walking and swimming. Mr. Amr is the founder and General Manager of al-Hayat al-Jadida, a leading Palestinian newspaper. He is the Director of the PA’s Radio and Television Authority and is a member of the Palestinian Writer’s Union. For ten years, he served as the Director of Voice of Palestine a Palestinian radio station. Mr. Amr has authored three books: Testimonies from the Battlefield, chronicling the war in Beirut, 1000 Days in Moscow, chronicling the fall of the former Soviet Union and The Days of Siege and Love. For almost four decades, Mr. Amr has been involved in Palestinian politics, serving as a media advisor to PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. The former Minister for Parliamentary Affairs resigned from his post in 2002. He was elected to the PLC in 1996- 2005, representing Doura, Hebron. Previously, he served as the PLO’s Ambassador to Russia. He is a member of the Palestinian negotiation team.
1945 Hebron, BSc in Dental surgery from university of London 1973, founding member and serves as chairman of the board of the patients' friends' society since 1980. Appointed as a member of the Palestinian negotiating team. President of Hebron University.
1962, Hebron. MA Journalist, Byelorussia State University, Minsk. PhD Philology, Byelorussia State University. Founded al-Balad press institute in Ramllah serving as its director; professional trainer of media and as freelance media consultant, was board member of Jerusalem Film Institute, worked as assistant professor of Journalism at BZ university, worked as correspondent for the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC); Executive editor of Al-Arabiya News Channel. Regularly publishes articles in local papers.
1929, Ramallah. Studied pharmacist in Houston, Texas;city councillor of Ramallah 1964, & mayor shortly after, deported 1969 after he protested against demolition of a house by Isralie force, pro-Jordanian, Minister of Transport 1972-4 in Jourdan; allowed back into West Bank in 1981. Signed the "Palestinian Peace Document" of Novmber 1982 which recognised the PLO as the sole legitimate representative, but urged them to authorise King Husain to negotiate on Palestinians' behalf and to accept a confederation with Jordan.
1949, Jaious, Tulkarem. Graduate form teacher Institute, Ramallh, 1968, MA, Law, 1978, PhD Law,1981 from the Friendship University, Moscow; Arab Organization for Education and Culture, Cairo, 1982-1990, Director the Palestinian Planning Center, Tunis; UN Refugees Division, Geneva 1993-1995; Legal Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross 1996-7, Professor international Law, Al Quds University 1998-2003, Dean Faculty of Law, the Arab American University, Jenin since 2003, Previously work as teacher in Jordan and Yemen 1968-1972. Member of the Palestinian Constitution Committee 1993, the Universal Committee for International Law, London; Chairman of the National Committee for the Arab and Islamic Thought Conference, 2006; Trustee at the Arab Thought Forum, Jerusalem; author of three books and several research.
1940, Kufr Ne’meh village near Ramallah. Grassroots leader and political figure who spent her life for others. She was able to bring services to her village and surrounding areas that led to her house being used as a center for rehabilitation and teaching, sewing, knitting, embroidery and cooking for local women. As a political activist, she was detained by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) twice in 1981 and in 1993 she was put on military trial. She overcame illiteracy by convincing an NGO to open up adult-literacy classes in her village in 1981. She raised money to develop the girls’ school in her village in 1986 and convinced her village residents of the importance of teaching their girls. Nominated for the Noble Peace Prize 2005.
1938 Jerusalem, BA in English literature from the AUB university and an MA from Indiana state university, lecturer for English langaue and literature, Bir-zeit university until her retirement, co-founder and chair of the project loving care for the society since 1968, co-founder for Saraya center for community services in the old city of Jerusalem. Trustee at the Arab Thought Forum 1977-1980.
|Naim Ateek (Rev.)|
1937, Jerusalem. Head of the Sabeel Center, Canon of St George's Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, and the leading voice of Palestinian Replacement Theology. In addition to heading an official "Partner" of the PCUSA, Ateek flatly denies that Israel has a right to exist, describes Israelis as immoral and demonic, and salts his sermons with the language of Jewish deicide. In his 2001 Easter message he stated that...in this season of Lent, it seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around Him. The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily. Ateek dismisses the Old Testament as "repugnant in his book ".
1939-1981, Zababdeh, Jenin. BA of Law, Louvain university in Belgium, PhD in International Low from university Libre de Bruxelles, joined Fateh 1967, served in Saudi Arabian representative then Arab League office; worked for a European recognition of the PLO, especially during the European Summit on 1974; was PLO representative in Brussels from 1975, representing the PLO at the European Parliament.Was assassinated by the Israeli musad in Bruxelles.
1935, Birzayt. Fatah dissenter, academic, poet. Moved to Kuwait in 1956, & began publishing works on revolutionaries from 1960; major work inc al-Tariq ila Filastin (Beirut, 1968), and his history of the 1936-39 revolt. An early recruit to Fatah, but maintained links with covert groups, inc the nascent Abu Nidal splinter. Was the only Fatah delegate to oppose the "phased programme" in the PNC in Jun74, & resigned position (in Fatah-RC - ?); 4 collections of poetry from 1967. Is still on the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Arab Unity Studies, in Beirut.
|Naji Al- Ali|
1938 -1987. Skajara village (Galilee). Palestinian Cartoonist, Fled with his family to Lebanon during the 1948 war, grew up in Ein al-Hilwe refugee camp in Lebanon. Published his first drawings in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Muharer in the early 1970s. Later he worked for Al-Watan newspaper in Kuwait. In the mid of 1970s, he returned to Lebanon, drawing for different newspapers. He went back to Kuwait in 1982 to work for Al-Qabas newspaper, transferred then to Al-Qabas newspaper London office. Assonated by short range shot in London. Famous for his cartoon chartectar figure Handalla, who always turn his back to the world and look at Palestine and the situation of Palestine under occupation
1859-1921, Beirut. Moved to Palestine and joined the English College in Jerusalem as a teacher of Arabic Language. He combined the spirit of knowledge and the spirit of nationalism. He left no written texts, and is not survived by any offspring.
|Naser Eddin Sha'er|
1961, Sabastya, Nablus. Masters degree in Islamic Studies, PHD in Middle East studies from Manchester University. Deputy prime minister and Minister of Education and Higher Education. Masters degree in Islamic studies, Dean of Islamic Studies and Law at Al-Najah University since 2001. Dean of Islamic Studies and Law at al-Najah University. he was a research scholar on religion and democracy at New York University and published several books and papers on gender, globalization, peace process, preaching and human rights within religious. Deputy PM and Minister of Education and Higher Education.
1943, Jisr Almajama, Northern Jordan Valley, moved with family after the 1948 Nakbeh to Jordan. BA in Islamic History, Arab Uni. of Beirut and Economy from Yarmuk Uni. Jordan, study at Namkeen Military College in China1967, trained in Vietnam, and at College of Vistrel, Moscow 1978, extensive military background, command and participate in several military position including serving as commander for the Palestinian troops that participated in October War 1973 on the Egyptian front. Member of Fateh Central Committee 1989, return to Gaza in 1994 to serve as the head of the General Security, appointed the Palestinian Interior Minister 2003-2005.
1953, Gaza. BA in Dentistry, Cairo University; nephew of Yasser Arafat, joined Fateh in 1969; PNC member from 1975; member the Palestinian Red Crescent and later observer member of its executive committee in 1980; PLO central council from 1981, appointed alternate Palestinian observer at the UN from 1986; full member of Fateh revolutionary council from 1989; PNC deputy speaker until his resignation in 1993; Foreign Minister 2005-2006.
|Nasser Eddin Nashashibi|
1920 Jerusalem; Studied at the National University at ‘Aleih in Lebanon,1938; PA, Economics and Political Science at the AUB, MA in 1943; member of the Arab League’s Arab Office in 1945; political analyst at the Palestine Radio 1946; Chief of Protocol and advisor to King Abdullah I of Jordan 1949-51; General Manager of the Jordanian Radio in 1952; Manager of the Egyptian Akhbar Al-Yaum newspaper 1953-58; appointed by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser to become Chief Editor of Al-Jumhuriyya, 1959-66; Ambassador at large for the Arab League in 1966; later worked as diplomatic correspondent for Egypt’s Al-Ahram in Europe for several years; was known for his close relationships with many Arab leaders; has written numerous articles and over 40 books.
|Nayef Hawatmeh (Abul Nouf)|
1937, Salt, Jordan. Christian from Jordanian Bedouin tribe; activist in the Arab National Movement; 1950s and 60s, teacher, 1955/56 ,writer and journalist in Jordan; graduated from Beirut University BA, Philosophy and Psychology; member of George Habash's PFLP in early years, but split and formed the leftist Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PDFLP; later known as DFLP) in 1968; became and remained chairman and main representative of the DFLP to the PNC and PLO Executive Committee since; known for early attempts to reach dialogue and contact with Israeli leftist groups on the base of a two-state-solution and UN resolutions 242 and 194; wrote several books on the Palestinian Resistance Movement and other issues.
1958 Hebron. BA in Islamic Law. Preaches for Islam in Hebron city, Lecturer in Alquds Open University. Wrote several books and he is an Imam and preacher and known figure in settlement reconciliation of conflicts in the city. he was arrested in the Israeli prisons several times; the first time he was arrested in 1989 and then he was arrested in 1994 and he was rearrested in 2005 and he was deported to Marj Zuhur in 1992, Kidnapped by Israeli forces on June 2006, he is the brother of Jibril Rjoob, adviser to President Abbas on national security. Minister of Awqaf and Religions Affairs 2006.
1952, Nazareth. Is a journalist since 1974, start as editor in Al Ittihad, the Israeli Communist party newspaper published in Haifa, ended as the Editor in Chief 1999-1992, author, and a commentator on Israeli affairs. Israel affairs commentator for Al-sharq Al-Awsat, a daily published in Lebanon, the Israeli daily Haaretz and other satellite stations including Al Jazera, teaches conflict dialogue in Beir shepa Uni. Publish five books including the Israeli apartheid policy 2004 and Man; High Value in Journalism, published by the Arab Thought Forum, Jerusalem 2005.
1955, Jerusalem. Study archaeology from 1980 to 1984, Ph.D. in Tubingan- Germany, was director of the Islamic museum in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Professor of Islamic cultural and history at Bir Zeit University. One of the three main Palestinian negotiators of the Geneva Accords and a co-signatory of the agreement; he has also been one of the most visible Palestinian advocates of the accord since its signing. Al-Jubeh was involved in negotiations in Washington following the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference; he has been involved in second-track diplomacy and dialog with Israelis since that time. He returned to the Middle East in 1991 to co-direct a center for the preservation and renewal of Palestinian culture and architecture in Ramallah. "RIWAQ", author of several books and numerous articles on history, archeology and politics. Trustee at the Arab Thought Forum since 2000.
|Na’em Abu Al-Humus|
1955 Beirzeit, B.A in Education ,Jordan University 1976. Doctorate in Education from the San Francisco University in 1980-1985. lecturer in Al-Najah University in Nablus. In 1989 he became Secretary General of the Palestinian Council Of Higher Education. In 1994, Abu Al-Humus was appointed as Deputy Minister of Education and continued in this position until 2002, when he became the new Minister of Education and Higher Education in the new cabinet. published a number of books and studies about the status of the Palestinian educational system.
|Nihad Abu Gharbieh|
1913, Hebron. Secondary education in Jerusalem 1929. Certificate, the Arab College 1931. Bachelor of Arts in general history, London University, 1963. Teacher at a private elementary Ibrahimieh National School, became its sole owner by 1935. Dedicated to the school, expanding it year after year till it reached status of fully integrated educational institution comprises; an elementary, secondary high school and the Ibrahimieh Community College. Founding or member in several Palestinian institutions such as the Jerusalem Municipal Council (till 1967), currently the president of Ibrahimieh College as well as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of both Ibrahimieh Community College and the Wajdi Institute of Technology. Launched in 2005 the Wajdi Abu Gharbieh Prize for creative writing in Arabic to memorize his only one son, Wajdi, passed away in 1999 when he was 38 years old.
|Nimr Salih [Abu Salih]|
1938-1991, Qulia, al-Lid, refugee. leading Fatah leftist. Headed pol guidance within Fatah general command, head the Fatah militia in Jordan, Fatah-CC 1971, started coordinating leftist figures into an independent faction within Fatah; 1972, , formed alliance with Wazir. Led anti-Syria position by attacking Maronite strongholds in early1976, backed Soviet intervention into Afghanistan in 1979, causing rift with Saudi. Strongly opposed Fahd & Reagan plans. Backed Abu Musa rebellion 1983; his membership in Fatah-CC was frozen & dropped from Fatah list for PNC. Leadership struggle within dissident movement led to Syria turning against him, placing him under house arrest 1984 where he died of a heart attack.