Famous Palestinian Leaders

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Yasser Arafat
(1st President of the Palestinian National Authority)
Yasser Arafat
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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. 

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Goliath
(Biblical figure)
Goliath
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Birthplace: Gath
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Amin al-Husseini
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Birthdate: 1895 AD
Birthplace: Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, Israel
Died: July 4, 1974

Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, is remembered as a symbol of Arab nationalist resistance to Palestinian Zionism. His rebellions made the British drop the idea of making Palestine a Jewish state. During World War II, he rallied to stop Jewish immigrants from entering Palestine from Nazi-occupied countries.

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Mahmoud Abbas
(President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority)
Mahmoud Abbas
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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.
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Ahmed Yassin
(Politician)
Ahmed Yassin
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Birthdate: January 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Al-Jura, Mandatory Palestine
Died: March 22, 2004
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Ismail Haniya
(Politician)
Ismail Haniya
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Birthdate: January 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Al-Shati refugee camp, Gaza Strip
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Abū Niḍāl
(Palestinian leader)
Abū Niḍāl
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Birthdate: 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jaffa, Palestine
Died: August 16, 2002
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Marwan Barghouti
(Palestinian Political figure)
Marwan Barghouti
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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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Hanan Ashrawi
(Politician)
Hanan Ashrawi
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Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nablus, Palestine

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. 

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Khalil al-Wazir
(Military leader)
Khalil al-Wazir
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Birthdate: October 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ramla, Israel
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.

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Saeb Erekat
(Politician)
Saeb Erekat
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Birthdate: April 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abu Dis, Jordanian-ruled West Bank
Died: November 10, 2020
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Rami Hamdallah
(Politician)
Rami Hamdallah
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Birthdate: August 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anabta, West Bank
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Salam Fayyad
(Politician)
Salam Fayyad
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Birthdate: April 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Deir al-Ghusun, Palestine
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Aḥmad Shuqayrī
(First Chairman of the Executive Committee of the 'Palestine Liberation Organization')
Aḥmad Shuqayrī
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Birthdate: January 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tabnīn, Lebanon
Died: February 26, 1980

Aḥmad Shuqayrī was a Lebanese Palestinian political leader who served as the first Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization from May 1964 to December 1967. Aḥmad Shuqayrī was used as a scapegoat by his opponents as one of his purported statements was used as part of the government's rationalization of their initiation of the Six-Day War.

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Abū ʿAlī Muṣṭafā
(Palestinian nationalist)
Abū ʿAlī Muṣṭafā
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Birthdate: May 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arabeh, Palestine
Died: August 27, 2001
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Rechavam Ze'evi
(Politician)
Rechavam Ze'evi
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Birthdate: June 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Palestine
Died: October 17, 2001
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Salah Shehada
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Birthdate: February 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip
Died: July 22, 2002
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Kamal Nasser
(Political leader)
Kamal Nasser
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Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Gaza, Mandatory Palestine
Died: April 10, 1973
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Vera Baboun
(Politician)
Vera Baboun
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Birthdate: October 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bethlehem
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Zuheir Mohsen
(Political leader)
Zuheir Mohsen
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Birthdate: 1936 AD
Birthplace: Ṭulkarm, Palestine
Died: July 25, 1979
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Khalida Jarrar
(Politician)
Khalida Jarrar
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Birthdate: February 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nablus
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Faisal Husseini
(Politician)
Faisal Husseini
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Birthdate: July 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: May 31, 2001
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Umm Nidal
(Politician)
Umm Nidal
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Birthdate: December 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shuja'iyya, Gaza City, Gaza Strip
Died: March 17, 2013
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Abu Daoud
(Palestinian militant)
Abu Daoud
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Birthdate: May 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Palestine
Died: July 3, 2010
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Intissar al-Wazir
(Politician)
Intissar al-Wazir
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Birthdate: December 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gaza, Palestine
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Janet Mikhail
(Politician)
Janet Mikhail
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Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Ramallah, Palestine
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Haidar Abdel-Shafi
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Birthdate: June 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gaza, Palestine
Died: September 25, 2007
Jamila Abdallah Taha al-Shanti
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
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Laila Shawa
(Artist)
Laila Shawa
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Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Gaza
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Mai al-Kaila
(Politician)
Mai al-Kaila
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Birthdate: April 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Jordanian-ruled West Bank, Israel
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Samiha Khalil
(Politician)
Samiha Khalil
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Birthdate: 1923 AD
Birthplace: Anabta, Palestine
Died: February 26, 1999
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Elias Freij
(Politician)
Elias Freij
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Birthdate: 1918 AD
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Palestine
Died: March 29, 1998
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Abu Salma
(Poet)
Abu Salma
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Birthdate: November 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tulkarm, Palestine
Died: October 11, 1980
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Fatima Bernawi
(Afro-Palestinian militant)
Fatima Bernawi
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Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandate for Palestine
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.