Famous Palestinian Leaders

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.

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 1 Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat.
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Famous As: 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority
Birthdate: August 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cairo
Died: November 11, 2004

Yasser Arafat was a Palestinian political leader. One of the most important figures of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which began in the mid-20th century, Yasser Arafat remains a controversial figure as he is regarded as a hero by the Palestinian people while the Israelis view him as a terrorist. 

 2 Goliath

Goliath.
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Famous As: Biblical figure
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Gath
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 3 Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas.
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Famous As: President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority
Birthdate: March 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Safed
Despite growing up as a refugee after fleeing his hometown of Safed to Syria, amid the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Mahmoud Abbas went on to become a lawyer and later earned his PhD. The former prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority became its president after Yasser Arafat’s death.

 4 Ismail Haniya

Ismail Haniya.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Al-Shati refugee camp, Gaza Strip

 5 Ahmed Yassin

Ahmed Yassin.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Al-Jura, Mandatory Palestine
Died: March 22, 2004

 6 Abū Niḍāl

Abū Niḍāl
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Famous As: Palestinian leader
Birthdate: April 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jaffa, Palestine
Died: August 16, 2002

 7 Marwan Barghouti

Marwan Barghouti.
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Famous As: Palestinian Political figure
Birthdate: June 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kobar

Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian political figure who was arrested by the Israeli Defense Forces on charges of murder. Considered the leader of the First Palestinian Intifada and the Second Intifada, Marwan Barghouti still plays an influential role in the political matters of Fatah from within the prison.

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 8 Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi.
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Famous As: Palestinian legislator
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nablus

Hanan Ashrawi is a Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, and scholar. She was the official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991 and was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council as a representative of Jerusalem in 1996. She is also the founder of the Independent Commission for Human Rights and the author of several books. 

 9 Saeb Erekat

Saeb Erekat
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abu Dis, Jordanian-ruled West Bank
Died: November 10, 2020

 10 Khalil al-Wazir

Khalil al-Wazir.
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Famous As: Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah
Birthdate: October 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ramla
Died: April 16, 1988

Palestinian political leader and co-founder of the party Fatah, Khalil al-Wazir became a top leader of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization. He fled his native Palestine during the war that formed Israel. A military strategist, too, he later participated in the First Intifada and was later killed by Israeli commandos.

 11 Rami Hamdallah

Rami Hamdallah
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anabta, West Bank

 12 Abu Daoud

Abu Daoud
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Famous As: Palestinian militant
Birthdate: May 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Palestine
Died: July 3, 2010

 13 Salam Fayyad

Salam Fayyad
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Deir al-Ghusun, Palestine

 14 Rechavam Ze'evi

Rechavam Ze'evi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Palestine
Died: October 17, 2001

 15 Salah Shehada

Salah Shehada
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Famous As: Leader
Birthdate: February 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip
Died: July 22, 2002

 16 Abū ʿAlī Muṣṭafā

Abū ʿAlī Muṣṭafā
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Famous As: Palestinian nationalist
Birthdate: May 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arabeh, Palestine
Died: August 27, 2001

 17 Kamal Nasser

Kamal Nasser
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Gaza, Mandatory Palestine
Died: April 10, 1973

 18 Vera Baboun

Vera Baboun
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bethlehem

 19 Zuheir Mohsen

Zuheir Mohsen
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: 1936 AD
Birthplace: Ṭulkarm, Palestine
Died: July 25, 1979

 20 Khalida Jarrar

Khalida Jarrar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nablus

 21 Faisal Husseini

Faisal Husseini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: May 31, 2001

 22 Mai al-Kaila

Mai al-Kaila
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Jordanian-ruled West Bank, Israel

 23 Umm Nidal

Umm Nidal
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shuja'iyya, Gaza City, Gaza Strip
Died: March 17, 2013

 24 Intissar al-Wazir

Intissar al-Wazir
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gaza, Palestine

 25 Janet Mikhail

Janet Mikhail
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Ramallah, Palestine

 26 Haidar Abdel-Shafi

Haidar Abdel-Shafi
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: June 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gaza, Palestine
Died: September 25, 2007

 27 Jamila Abdallah Taha al-Shanti

Jamila Abdallah Taha al-Shanti
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 28 Laila Shawa

Laila Shawa
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Gaza

 29 Samiha Khalil

Samiha Khalil
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1923 AD
Birthplace: Anabta, Palestine
Died: February 26, 1999

 30 Elias Freij

Elias Freij
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1918 AD
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Palestine
Died: March 29, 1998