Palestinian

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.

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 1 Jerome

Jerome.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: March 27, 0347
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Štrigova
Died: December 30, 0420
Latin priest Jerome of Stridon, also known as Saint Jerome, is remembered for translating the Bible into Latin, which came to be known as the Vulgate. Named a Doctor of the Church, he was a secretary to Pope Damascus I and predominantly preached about how women ascetics should behave.

 2 Herod the Great

Herod the Great.
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Famous As: King of Judea
Birthdate: 0073 BC
Birthplace: Edom
Died: 0004 BC

Herod the Great was a client king of Judea. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all male toddlers in the vicinity of Bethlehem, the incident which came to be known as Massacre of the Innocents. Thus, he is believed to have played a major role in the events leading up to the birth of Jesus.

 3 Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Famous as the patron of the universal church in Roman Catholicism, Saint Joseph was married to Mary and was the guardian or foster father of JesusJoseph is revered as Saint Joseph in the Oriental Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, Anglicanism, Lutheranism, and the Orthodox Church. Joseph is regarded as the patron saint of workers, in Catholic traditions.

 4 Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat.
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 5 Goliath

Goliath.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Biblical figure
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Gath

 6 Saint Anne

Saint Anne.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Mother of Virgin Mary
Birthdate: 0050 BC
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Died: 0012 AD
Though she finds no mention in the Bible, Saint Anne is regarded as the mother of the Virgin Mary, and thus the grandmother of Jesus Christ. Ancient scriptures mention how Gabriel had visited childless Anne and Joachim and had told them they would have a child dedicated to God.
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 7 Lazarus of Bethany

Lazarus of Bethany.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: al-Eizariya, Palestine
Lazarus of Bethany, or Saint Lazarus, is revered in the Eastern Orthodox Church as Righteous Lazarus. The Bible suggests he was resurrected by Jesus four days after he died. However, there are two different narratives about Lazarus in the Bible, leading people to believe they were separate people.
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 8 Hiam Abbass

Hiam Abbass
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel

 9 Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 10 Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Christian Apologist
Birthdate: 0100 AD
Birthplace: Nablus
Died: 0165 AD

Justin Martyr was a philosopher and early Christian apologist. He is best remembered for his text, the First Apology, which attempts to convince Emperor Antoninus to give up the persecution of the Church. He was martyred and is venerated as a saint by Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Oriental Orthodox Churches, and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

 11 Absalom

Absalom
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem

 12 Ali Suliman

Ali Suliman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel

 13 Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Al-Birwa
Died: August 9, 2008

Revered as the Palestinian national poet, Mahmoud Darwish was born in al-Birwa, a village that was ravaged by Israelis. He was exiled in Paris and Beirut for many years and was even once put in prison for reciting a poem. His writing style merged traditional Arabic forms with modern elements.

 14 Leila Khaled

Leila Khaled
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: April 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

 15 Amin al-Husseini

Amin al-Husseini
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Mufti
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.

 16 Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i

Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: July 31, 0767
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gaza
Died: January 20, 0820

 17 Ismail Haniya

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

 18 Ahmed Yassin

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

 19 Leem Lubany

Leem Lubany
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel

 20 Suha Arafat

Suha Arafat
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

 21 Abū Niḍāl

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

 22 Baldwin V

Baldwin V
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: July 31, 1177
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Israel
Died: July 31, 1186

 23 St. James the Less

St. James the Less
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Religious Figure
Birthdate: October 31, 0000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palestine
Died: November 30, 0062

 24 Zechariah

Zechariah
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Hebron, Palestine

 25 Mohammed Assaf

Mohammed Assaf
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Misrata, Libya

 26 Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alameda County, California, United States

 27 Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi.
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 28 Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Associate director of the Arab American Action Network, Chicago, Illinois
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Lifta, British Mandate Palestine

 29 Marwan Barghouti

Marwan Barghouti.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 30 Adam Bakri

Adam Bakri
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv – Yafo, Israel

 31 Khalil al-Wazir

Khalil al-Wazir.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 32 Epiphanius of Salamis

Epiphanius of Salamis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Bishop of Salamis
Birthdate: 0310 AD
Birthplace: Eleutheropolis, Palestine
Died: April 12, 0403

 33 Rouzan al-Najjar

Rouzan al-Najjar
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Khuza'a, Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip
Died: June 1, 2018

 34 Saeb Erekat

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

 35 Elia Suleiman

Elia Suleiman
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel

Elia Suleiman is a Palestinian film director. His 2002 film Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Early in his career, he co-directed the experimental documentary Introduction to the End of an Argument.  He has also directed many feature films. In addition to his entertainment career, he is a professor at the European Graduate School.  

 36 Rami Hamdallah

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

 37 Rim Banna

Rim Banna
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
Died: March 24, 2018

 38 Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum
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Famous As: Installation artist
Birthdate: January 31, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 39 Abu Daoud

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

 40 Salam Fayyad

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

 41 Maliheh Afnan

Maliheh Afnan
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Palestine
Died: January 6, 2016

 42 Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuwait

 43 Pope Theodore I

Pope Theodore I
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0600 AD
Birthplace: Bethlehem,Jerusalem

 44 Dalal Mughrabi

Dalal Mughrabi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: March 11, 1978

 45 Rechavam Ze'evi

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

 46 Hilarion

Hilarion
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0291 AD
Birthplace: Gaza, Palestine
Died: 0371 AD

 47 Baasha

Baasha
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Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 48 Judah ha-Nasi

Judah ha-Nasi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: 0135 AD
Birthplace: Judea
Died: 0217 AD

 49 Janan Harb

Janan Harb
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Fahd of Saudi Arabia's wife
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Ramallah, Palestine

 50 Aḥmad Shuqayrī

Aḥmad Shuqayrī
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tabnīn, Lebanon
Died: February 26, 1980