Read on to know more about the most famous and influential people from Palestine.

Famous Palestinians
Palestine is a recognized state in the Middle East that occupies the West Bank and Gaza Strip of the Palestinian region. Though the State of Palestine gained its independence in 1988, the history of the region dates back to the Bronze Age. A Muslim dominant state, Palestine has had a tumultuous history that greatly impacted the state’s religion, commerce, culture and politics. Notwithstanding the hard times, the state gave birth to some of the stalwarts in art, music, literature, poetry, academics, film, business and politics who through their committed self, unwavering spirit, relentless hard work and unfaltering determination raised the status of the State of Palestinian in the world map. Today, the State of Palestine boasts of having some of the world renowned names in literature, science, film, music and business. Yasser Elshantaf is a Palestinian entrepreneur who co-founded and today serves as the CEO of PhoenixBird Diversity Management GmbH. Mohsen Subhi gave modern Palestinian music and folklore a new dimension with his musical talent. Emily Jacir created a name for herself as a famous Palestinian artist and filmmaker. Ismail-al-Faruqi was a recognized Palestinian philosopher who executed an authority on Islam and comparative religion. To know more about the life and works of famous Palestinians, read this section.
Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat
(1st President of the Palestinian National Authority)

24 August 1929

11 November 2004



Mahmoud AbbasMahmoud Abbas
(President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority)

26 March 1935



Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish

13 March 1941

09 August 2008



Hanan AshrawiHanan Ashrawi
(Palestinian legislator)

08 October 1946



Marwan BarghoutiMarwan Barghouti
(Palestinian Political figure)

06 June 1959



Khalil Al-WazirKhalil al-Wazir
(Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah)

10 October 1935

16 April 1988



Ahmed YassinAhmed Yassin

28 June 1937

22 March 2004

Al-Jura, British Mandate for Palestine


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