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
24 August 1929
1st President of the Palestinian National
Mahmoud AbbasMahmoud Abbas
26 March 1935
President of the State of Palestine and

Herod the GreatHerod the Great
0073 BC
King of Judea

JeromeJerome
27 March 0347
Priest
Saint AnneSaint Anne
0050 BC
Mother of Virgin Mary

Justin MartyrJustin Martyr
0100 AD
Christian Apologist

Mahmoud DarwishMahmoud Darwish
13 March 1941
Poet
Marwan BarghoutiMarwan Barghouti
06 June 1959
Palestinian Political figure

Hanan AshrawiHanan Ashrawi
08 October 1946
Palestinian legislator
Khalil Al-WazirKhalil al-Wazir
10 October 1935
Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah

GoliathGoliath
Biblical figure

Ahmed YassinAhmed Yassin
01 January 1937
Politician

Amin al-HusseiniAmin al-Husseini
1895 AD
Mufti

Suha ArafatSuha Arafat
17 July 1963
Author
AbsalomAbsalom
 

Leila KhaledLeila Khaled
09 April 1944
Political activist

Hiam AbbassHiam Abbass
30 November 1960
Actress

Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`iMuhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i
31 July 0767
Theologian
ZechariahZechariah
Prophet

Rouzan al-NajjarRouzan al-Najjar
13 September 1997
Nurse
Mohammed AssafMohammed Assaf
01 September 1989
Singer

Baldwin VBaldwin V
31 July 1177
King

St. James the LessSt. James the Less
31 October 0000
Religious Figure
Ali SulimanAli Suliman
10 October 1977
Actor

Leem LubanyLeem Lubany
31 August 1997
Actress
Noura ErakatNoura Erakat
16 January 1980
Human rights activist

Abū NiḍālAbū Niḍāl
30 April 1937
Palestinian leader

Ismail HaniyaIsmail Haniya
29 January 1962
Politician
Salam FayyadSalam Fayyad
12 April 1952
Politician

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Elia SuleimanElia Suleiman
28 July 1960
Film director
Epiphanius of SalamisEpiphanius of Salamis
0310 AD
Bishop of Salamis

Adam BakriAdam Bakri
15 May 1988
Actor

Saeb ErekatSaeb Erekat
28 April 1955
Politician

Rami HamdallahRami Hamdallah
10 August 1958
Politician
Dalal MughrabiDalal Mughrabi
1959 AD
Militant
Aḥmad ShuqayrīAḥmad Shuqayrī
01 January 1908
Political leader

Salah ShehadaSalah Shehada
24 February 1953
Leader

Abū ʿAlī MuṣṭafāAbū ʿAlī Muṣṭafā
14 May 1938
Palestinian nationalist

Susan AbulhawaSusan Abulhawa
03 June 1970
Writer
Raymonda TawilRaymonda Tawil
1940 AD
Writer

Abu DaoudAbu Daoud
19 May 1937
Palestinian militant

Judah ha-NasiJudah ha-Nasi
0135 AD
Rabbi

Tamim al-BarghoutiTamim al-Barghouti
13 June 1977
Poet

Fadel ChakerFadel Chaker
01 April 1969
Singer
Rechavam Ze'eviRechavam Ze'evi
20 June 1926
Politician

Juliano Mer-KhamisJuliano Mer-Khamis
29 May 1958
Actor
Reem KassisReem Kassis
1987 AD
Writer

HilarionHilarion
0291 AD
Saint

SozomenSozomen
0400 AD
Historian
BaashaBaasha
king

May ZiadehMay Ziadeh
11 February 1886
Poet
Rasmea OdehRasmea Odeh
1947 AD
Associate director of the Arab American Action

Pope Theodore IPope Theodore I
0600 AD
Pope

Kamal NasserKamal Nasser
1924 AD
Political leader

Rim BannaRim Banna
08 December 1966
Singer

HegesippusHegesippus
0110 AD
Writer
Faisal HusseiniFaisal Husseini
17 July 1940
Politician

Mourid BarghoutiMourid Barghouti
08 July 1944
Poet

Ghada KarmiGhada Karmi
1939 AD
Doctor of medicine

Bashar MuradBashar Murad
07 February 1993
Singer
Mona HatoumMona Hatoum
31 January 1952
Installation artist

Reem RiyashiReem Riyashi
1981 AD
Suicide bomber
Lama Abu-OdehLama Abu-Odeh
24 December 1962
Professor

Zuheir MohsenZuheir Mohsen
1936 AD
Political leader

Hanadi JaradatHanadi Jaradat
22 September 1975
Terrorist
Annemarie JacirAnnemarie Jacir
17 January 1974
Film director, Screenwriter, Poet, Writer

Saul TchernichowskySaul Tchernichowsky
20 August 1875
Poet
Wafa IdrisWafa Idris
11 February 1975
First Palestinian female suicide bomber

Jamila Abdallah Taha al-ShantiJamila Abdallah Taha al-Shanti
1955 AD
Politician

Kais NashefKais Nashef
12 June 1978
Actor
Fatima BernawiFatima Bernawi
1939 AD
Afro-Palestinian militant

Israa GhrayebIsraa Ghrayeb
1998 AD
Beautician
Samih al-QasimSamih al-Qasim
11 May 1939
Poet

Vera BabounVera Baboun
06 October 1964
Politician

Emily JacirEmily Jacir
1972 AD
Artist

Adania ShibliAdania Shibli
1974 AD
Author
Fadwa TuqanFadwa Tuqan
1917 AD
Poet
Mai MasriMai Masri
02 April 1959
Filmmaker

Sani SakakiniSani Sakakini
19 August 1988
Basketball player

Ayat al-AkhrasAyat al-Akhras
20 February 1985
Suicide bomber

Umm NidalUmm Nidal
24 December 1949
Politician
Khalil al-SakakiniKhalil al-Sakakini
23 January 1878
Teacher

Leila ShahidLeila Shahid
13 July 1949
Diplomat

Khalida JarrarKhalida Jarrar
09 February 1963
Politician

Areen OmariAreen Omari
Actress

Janan HarbJanan Harb
1947 AD
Fahd of Saudi Arabia's wife
Mai al-KailaMai al-Kaila
08 April 1955
Politician

Intissar al-WazirIntissar al-Wazir
12 December 1941
Politician
Jabra Ibrahim JabraJabra Ibrahim Jabra
28 August 1920
Author

Hind al-HusseiniHind al-Husseini
25 April 1916
Educator
Iqbal Mahmoud Al AssadIqbal Mahmoud Al Assad
02 February 1993
Physician
Rashid HusseinRashid Hussein
1936 AD
Poet