Palestine or State of Palestine is a partially recognized state in Middle East which gained its independence in 1988. It includes the West Bank and Gaza Strip and has East Jerusalem as its designated capital. The State of Palestine is headed by the President who serves as the head of the state. Other than this, he also serves as the president of the Palestinian National Authority. Traditionally, the president of the State of Palestine isn’t a democratically elected member. Instead, he is elected by the PLO or Palestine Liberation Organization. Following its independence, the PLO elected Yasser Arafat as the first President of the State of Palestine. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Arafat played an instrumental role in the negotiations at Oslo. In 1994, he was made President of the Palestinian National Authority. He served as the President of Palestine until his death in 2004 and was later succeeded by Mahmud Abbas. Abbas has been currently serving as the President of the State of Palestine since his formal appointment in 2005. However, before taking up the presidential duties, he served as the first prime minister of Palestinian Authority from March 2003 until September 2003. With this segment, find out more about Palestinian leaders, their political career and their personal life.
Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat
24 August 1929
1st President of the Palestinian National
Mahmoud AbbasMahmoud Abbas
26 March 1935
President of the State of Palestine and

Saint AnneSaint Anne
0050 BC
Mother of Virgin Mary

Justin MartyrJustin Martyr
0100 AD
Christian Apologist

Hanan AshrawiHanan Ashrawi
08 October 1946
Palestinian legislator

Khalil Al-WazirKhalil al-Wazir
10 October 1935
Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah
Marwan BarghoutiMarwan Barghouti
06 June 1959
Palestinian Political figure

GoliathGoliath
Biblical figure

Saeb ErekatSaeb Erekat
28 April 1955
Politician
AbsalomAbsalom
 

ZechariahZechariah
Prophet
Amin al-HusseiniAmin al-Husseini
1895 AD
Mufti

Abū NiḍālAbū Niḍāl
30 April 1937
Palestinian leader

Ahmed YassinAhmed Yassin
01 January 1937
Politician

Ismail HaniyaIsmail Haniya
29 January 1962
Politician

Abu DaoudAbu Daoud
19 May 1937
Palestinian militant
Kamal NasserKamal Nasser
1924 AD
Political leader

Pope Theodore IPope Theodore I
0600 AD
Pope

Salam FayyadSalam Fayyad
12 April 1952
Politician

Rechavam Ze'eviRechavam Ze'evi
20 June 1926
Politician
Aḥmad ShuqayrīAḥmad Shuqayrī
01 January 1908
Political leader

Samiha KhalilSamiha Khalil
1923 AD
Politician
Vera BabounVera Baboun
06 October 1964
Politician

Abū ʿAlī MuṣṭafāAbū ʿAlī Muṣṭafā
14 May 1938
Palestinian nationalist

Rami HamdallahRami Hamdallah
10 August 1958
Politician
Fatima BernawiFatima Bernawi
1939 AD
Afro-Palestinian militant

Khalida JarrarKhalida Jarrar
09 February 1963
Politician
Zuheir MohsenZuheir Mohsen
1936 AD
Political leader

Faisal HusseiniFaisal Husseini
17 July 1940
Politician

Salah ShehadaSalah Shehada
24 February 1953
Leader
Mai al-KailaMai al-Kaila
08 April 1955
Politician

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Intissar al-WazirIntissar al-Wazir
12 December 1941
Politician
Laila ShawaLaila Shawa
1940 AD
Artist

Umm NidalUmm Nidal
24 December 1949
Politician

Janet MikhailJanet Mikhail
1945 AD
Politician

Haidar Abdel-ShafiHaidar Abdel-Shafi
10 June 1919
Physician
Abu SalmaAbu Salma
30 November 1909
Poet
Jamila Abdallah Taha al-ShantiJamila Abdallah Taha al-Shanti
1955 AD
Politician

Elias FreijElias Freij
1918 AD
Politician