List of Palestinians

List of Palestinians

Encyclopedia

Academic figures

  • Sami Hadawi
    Sami Hadawi
    Sami Hadawi was a Palestinian scholar and author. He is known for documenting the effects of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on the Arab population in Palestine and published statistics for individual villages prior to Israel's establishment. Hadawi worked as a land specialist until he was exiled from...

    , land specialist and researcher
  • Ibrahim Abu Lughod, sociologist
  • Lila Abu Lughod, professor, anthropology, women and gender studies
  • Salman Abu Sitta
  • Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad
    Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad
    Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad is an Palestinian American scholar and the president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, a libertarian Muslim think-tank...

    , academic
  • Naseer Aruri
    Naseer Aruri
    Naseer Aruri is an American professor and author of several books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is the Chancellor Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he taught from 1965 to 1998....

    , academic
  • Hanna Batatu
    Hanna Batatu
    Hanna Batatu was a Palestinian American Marxist historian specialising in the history of Iraq and the modern Arab east. His work on Iraq is widely considered the pre-eminent study of modern Iraqi history.Born in Jerusalem in 1926, Hanna Batatu emigrated to the United States in 1948, the year of...

    , historian
  • Samih Farsoun
    Samih Farsoun
    Samih K. Farsoun, was a professor emeritus of sociology at American University, where he taught for thirty years until his retirement in 2003. He graduated from Hamilton College in New York. He received a master's degree in 1961 and a PhD in 1971, both in sociology from the University of Connecticut...

    , sociologist
  • Ismail al-Faruqi
    Ismail al-Faruqi
    Isma'il Raji al-Faruqi was a Palestinian-American philosopher, widely recognised by his peers as an authority on Islam and comparative religion. He spent several years at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, then taught at several universities in North America, including McGill University in Montreal...

    , philosopher and comparative religions professor
  • Leila Farsakh
    Leila Farsakh
    Leila Farsakh is a Palestinian Muslim who was born in Jordan and is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her area of expertise is Middle East Politics, Comparative Politics, and the Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict...

    , Middle East, politics
  • Rashid Khalidi
    Rashid Khalidi
    Rashid Ismail Khalidi , born 1948, a Palestinian-American historian of the Middle East, is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.-Family, education and...

    , historian
  • Walid Khalidi
    Walid Khalidi
    Walid Khalidi is an Oxford University-educated Palestinian historian who has written extensively on the Palestinian exodus. He is General Secretary and co-founder of the Institute for Palestine Studies, established in Beirut in December 1963 as an independent research and publishing center...

    , historian
  • Salem Hanna Khamis
    Salem Hanna Khamis
    Salem Hanna Khamis was a Palestinian economic statistician for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization who helped formalise the Geary-Khamis method of computing purchasing power parity of currencies....

    , economic statistician
  • Laila Al-Marayati
    Laila Al-Marayati
    Laila Al-Marayati is a Palestinian-American doctor and Islamic activist, and former presidential appointee to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, where she served for two years after being appointed by President Bill Clinton....

    , gynecologist
  • Khaled Mardam-Bey
    Khaled Mardam-Bey
    Khaled Mardam-Bey is a British programmer of Palestinian and Syrian origin. He is notable for creating and developing the popular Internet Relay Chat client for Microsoft Windows mIRC.-mIRC:...

    , programmer
  • Nur Masalha, academic, historian, editor
  • Joseph Massad
    Joseph Massad
    Joseph Andoni Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, whose academic work has focused on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli nationalism...

    , academic
  • al-Muqaddasi
    Al-Muqaddasi
    Muhammad ibn Ahmad Shams al-Din Al-Muqaddasi , also transliterated as Al-Maqdisi and el-Mukaddasi, was a medieval Arab geographer, author of Ahsan at-Taqasim fi Ma`rifat il-Aqalim .-Biography:Al-Muqaddasi, "the Hierosolomite" was born in Jerusalem in 946 AD...

    , medieval geographer
  • Sari Nusseibeh
    Sari Nusseibeh
    Sari Nusseibeh , and raised in Jerusalem, is a Palestinian professor of philosophy and president of the Al-Quds University in Jerusalem...

    , philosopher, diplomat
  • Edward Said
    Edward Said
    Edward Wadie Saïd was a Palestinian-American literary theorist and advocate for Palestinian rights. He was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a founding figure in postcolonialism...

    , professor of comparative literature, intellectual, and Palestinian Nationalist
  • Nadia Abu El Haj
    Nadia Abu El Haj
    Nadia Abu El Haj is an American academic with a PhD in Anthropology from Duke University. She is an associate professor of anthropology at Barnard College....

    , Professor, Anthropologist
  • Rosemarie Said Zahlan
    Rosemarie Said Zahlan
    Rosemarie Said Zahlan was a Palestinian-US Christian historian and writer on the Persian Gulf states. She was a sister of Edward Said...

    , historian
  • Anis Sayigh
    Anis Sayigh
    Anis Sayigh was a Palestinian Arab historian. He chaired the Palestine Research Center and was one of the main driving forces behind the Palestinian Encyclopedia...

    , historian
  • Yezid Sayigh
    Yezid Sayigh
    Yezid Sayigh, Baltimore, Maryland. Sayigh is Professor of Middle East Studies in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, member of the Academic Board of the Gulf Research Center and member of the Board of Trustees of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research...

    , historian
  • Hashem El-Serag
    Hashem El-Serag
    Hashem El-Serag is a Palestinian-American doctor and medical researcher best known for his groundbreaking research in Hepatocellular carcinoma and the hepatitis C virus....

    , doctor and medical researcher
  • Hisham Sharabi
    Hisham Sharabi
    Hisham Sharabi was Professor Emeritus of History and Umar al-Mukhtar Chair of Arab Culture at Georgetown University, where he was a specialist in European intellectual history and social thought...

    , intellectual
  • Qustandi Shomali
    Qustandi Shomali
    Qustandi Shomali , is a professor of history at Bethlehem University.-His studies:He worked as an Arabic teacher in Algeria from 1965–72; received a B.A in Arabic literature from Oran University in Algeria in 1971, worked as editor of the Arab World Review in Canada from 1972 to 1975 and as...

    , Professor, Historian, Critic, Researcher
  • Khalil Suleiman
    Khalil Suleiman
    Khalil Suleiman was a Palestinian doctor in Jenin in the West Bank. He was head of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society Emergency Medical Service in Jenin....

    , medical doctor
  • Ahmad Teebi
    Ahmad Teebi
    Ahmad Teebi has served as a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto since 1998, when he moved to Toronto from McGill University. He heads the Section of Clinical Genetics & Dysmorphology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto...

    , geneticist and dysmorphologist

Writers

  • Ali Abunimah
    Ali Abunimah
    Ali Hasan Abunimah is a Palestinian American journalist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a not-for-profit, independent online publication about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Born in Washington D.C., he spent his early years in the United Kingdom and Belgium before returning to the...

    , author, journalist
  • Said K. Aburish, author, journalist
  • Mourid Barghouti
    Mourid Barghouti
    Mourid Barghouti or Mureed Barghouti or Murid Barguti or Murid Barghuti is a Palestinian poet and writer....

    , poet
  • Khalil Beidas
    Khalil Beidas
    Khalil Beidas was a Palestinian Christian scholar, educator, translator and novelist...

    , author
  • Mahmoud Darwish
    Mahmoud Darwish
    Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet...

    , poet
  • Emile Habibi
    Emile Habibi
    Imil Shukri Habibi was an Israeli-Palestinian writer of Arabic expression and a communist politician, son of a Christian family.In 2005, he was voted the 143rd-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest...

    , author
  • Suheir Hammad
    Suheir Hammad
    Suheir Hammad is a Palestinian-American poet, author and political activist. She was born in Amman, Jordan. Her parents were Palestinian refugees who immigrated along with their daughter to Brooklyn, New York City when she was five years old...

    , poet
  • Nathalie Handal
    Nathalie Handal
    Nathalie Handal is a French-American poet and playwright of Palestinian origin. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world.-Biography:...

    , poet, editor
  • Nadia Hijab
    Nadia Hijab
    Nadia Hijab is a prominent Palestinian political analyst, author and journalist who comments frequently on human rights and the Middle East, and the situation of the Palestinians in particular.-Biography:...

    , author, journalist
  • Sabri Jiryis
    Sabri Jiryis
    Sabri Jiryis is a Palestinian-Arab Israeli writer and lawyer, a graduate of the Hebrew University law faculty, and prominent Palestinian activist. In 1966 the first edition of his book The Arabs in Israel was published in Hebrew.- Arrest in Israel :He was given an "Administrative House Arrest"...

    , author
  • Ghassan Kanafani
    Ghassan Kanafani
    Ghassan Kanafani was a Palestinian writer and a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He was assassinated by car bomb in Beirut, allegedly by the Mossad.- Early years :Ghassan Fayiz Kanafani was born in 1936 in the then Acre , British Mandate of Palestine...

    , author
  • Hasan Karmi
    Hasan Karmi
    Hasan Sa'id Karmi was a distinguished Palestinian linguist, broadcaster, and scholar.Hasan Karmi was born in Tulkarem, Palestine. The son of an eminent shari'a court judge, Sheikh Sa'id al-Karmi, Karmi studied in a local Qur'anic school and later attended English College in Jerusalem...

    , linguist and author
  • Ghada Karmi
    Ghada Karmi
    Ghada Karmi is a Palestinian doctor of medicine, author and academic. She writes frequently on Palestinian issues in newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Nation and Journal of Palestine Studies...

    , author
  • Widad Kawar
    Widad Kawar
    Widad Kawar is an internationally renowned collector of Jordanian and Palestinian ethnic and cultural arts. She has amassed an extensive collection of dresses, costumes, textiles, and jewelry over the past 45 years, seeking to preserve a culture that has been largely dispersed by conflict...

    , author and collector
  • Sahar Khalifa, novelist
  • Daoud Kuttab
    Daoud kuttab
    Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He is considered to be a moderate voice among the Palestinians. He is the director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University and founder/general director of "AmmanNet", the Arab world's first internet radio station...

    , journalist, author
  • Taha Muhammad Ali
    Taha Muhammad Ali
    Taha Muhammad Ali was a Palestinian poet.-Biography:Taha Muhammad Ali fled to Lebanon with his family when he was seventeen after their village came under heavy bombardment during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The following year, he returned to Nazareth, where he lived till his death...

    , poet
  • Nur Masalha, author, editor
  • Kamal Nasser
    Kamal Nasser
    Kamal Nasser was a Palestinian PLO political leader, writer and poet.-Early life:Nasser was born in Gaza to a Palestinian Christian family from Bir Zeit near Ramallah. He was educated at Bir Zeit school Kamal Nasser (1925 – April 9/April 10, 1973) was a Palestinian PLO political leader, writer and...

    , poet, activist
  • Mohammed Omer
    Mohammed Omer
    Mohammed Omer is a Palestinian journalist. He has reported for numerous media outlets, including: the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, ; Al Jazeera ; New Statesman ; Pacifica Radio; Electronic Intifada ; The Nation ; Inter Press Service ; Free Speech Radio News ; Vermont Guardian ;...

    , journalist
  • Samih al-Qasim
    Samih al-Qasim
    Samīħ al-Qāsim Samīħ al-Qāsim Samīħ al-Qāsim ( is an Israeli Druze whose Arabic poetry is well-known throughout Arab World. His poetry is influenced by two primary periods of his life: Before and after the Six-Day War. He joined the Communist Hadash political party in 1967...

    , poet
  • Nahid al-Rayyis
    Nahid al-Rayyis
    Nahid Munir al-Rayyis was a Palestinian politician and poet. He had also formerly served as the Justice Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.-Biography:...

    , poet
  • Abu Salma
    Abu Salma
    Abu Salma was a Palestinian poet.Abu Salma was born in 1906 in Haifa. He studied law and worked in Haifa until April 1948. He then moved briefly to Akka and then to Damascus.-External links:*...

    , poet
  • Khalil al-Sakakini
    Khalil al-Sakakini
    Khalil al-Sakakini was a Palestinian Christian, Arab Orthodox, educator, scholar, poet, and Arab nationalist.-Early life:Khalil Sakakini was born into an Arab Christian family in Jerusalem on January 23, 1878...

    , author
  • Abu Salma
    Abu Salma
    Abu Salma was a Palestinian poet.Abu Salma was born in 1906 in Haifa. He studied law and worked in Haifa until April 1948. He then moved briefly to Akka and then to Damascus.-External links:*...

    , poet
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
    Naomi Shihab Nye
    Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet, songwriter, and novelist. She was born to a Palestinian father and American mother. Although she regards herself as a "wandering poet", she refers to San Antonio as her home.-Career:...

    , poet (Palestinian father)
  • Serene Husseini Shahid
    Serene Husseini Shahid
    Serene Husseini Shahid was born in Jerusalem as a member of the influential Husayni family. Her father was Jamal al-Husayni, her maternal grandfather was Mayor of Jerusalem Faidi al-Alami, and her maternal uncle was Musa al-Alami....

    , author, philanthropist, researcher and collector of Palestinian costumes
  • Fadwa Toukan
    Fadwa Toukan
    Fadwa Touqan , was well-known for her representations of resistance to Israeli occupation in contemporary Arab poetry.- Overview :Touqan's poetry is known for her distinctive chronicling of the suffering of her people, the Palestinian, particularly those living under Israeli occupation.Born in...

    , poet
  • Ibrahim Touqan
    Ibrahim Touqan
    Ibrahim Abd al-Fattah Touqan was a Palestinian nationalist poet whose works rallied Arabs during their revolt against the British. Touqan was born in Nablus, Palestine during Ottoman times. He was the brother of poetess Fadwa Touqan and he tutored and influenced her to write poetry...

    , poet, writer of the poem Mawtini
    Mawtini
    Mawtini is a popular poem written by famous Palestinian poet Ibrahim Touqan circa 1934 in Palestine and became the de facto national anthem of Palestine and Iraq. It is also recognized in Syria and Algeria as an anthem as to show their support for the Palestinian cause. The original music was...

    , the current national anthem of Iraq
    Iraq
    Iraq ; officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia spanning most of the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range, the eastern part of the Syrian Desert and the northern part of the Arabian Desert....

  • Samir El Youssef, writer and critic
  • Tawfiq Ziad
    Tawfiq Ziad
    Tawfiq Ziad was a Palestinian politician well-known for his "poetry of protest".-Biography:Born in the Galilee, Ziad studied literature in Russia...

    , poet
  • May Ziade
    May Ziade
    May Ziade , was a prolific Christian Lebanese-Palestinian poet, essayist and translator....

    , author

Stage and screen

  • Mustafa Abu Ali
    Mustafa Abu Ali
    Mustafa Abu Ali, was a Palestinian filmmaker.Ali studied cinema in London, graduating in 1967...

    , film director, founder of Palestinian Revolutionary Cinema, eight films
  • Hany Abu-Assad
    Hany Abu-Assad
    Hany Abu-Assad is a Dutch-Palestinian film director. His film Paradise Now, about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006.-Early life:...

    , film director
  • Muhammad Bakri, film director
  • Cherien Dabis
    Cherien Dabis
    Cherien Dabis is a Palestinian American director, producer, and screenwriter. She was named one of Variety magazine's 10 Directors to Watch in 2009.-Background:...

    , film director, writer
  • Annemarie Jacir
    Annemarie Jacir
    Annemarie Jacir was born on January 17, 1974, she is a Palestinian filmmaker and poet.She has been working in independent cinema since 1994 and has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning films including Until When, A Few Crumbs for the Birds, and a Post Oslo History. She was...

    , film director, writer
  • Michel Khleifi
    Michel Khleifi
    Michel Khleifi is a Palestinian film writer, director and producer. He emigrated from Israel in 1970 and now resides in Belgium. There, he studied television and theatre directing at the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle . After graduating from INSAS, he worked in Belgium...

    , film director (Wedding in Galilee
    Wedding in Galilee
    Wedding in Galilee is a 1987 film directed by Michel Khleifi. It was awarded the International Critics Prize at Cannes in 1987.-Synopsis:...

    )
  • Clara Khoury
    Clara Khoury
    Clara Khoury is an Israeli - Palestinian actress.Clara works in film, television and theater, acting in Arabic, Hebrew, English and French.- Biography :...

    , actress
  • Makram Khoury
    Makram Khoury
    Makram J. Khoury is an Israeli Arab, born 30 May 1945 in Jerusalem. He was the youngest artist and the first Arab to win the Israel Prize, the highest civic honor in Israel. He is one of the most accomplished and well-known Israeli Arab actors.Today, Makram is active in films, on the stage, and on...

    , actor, first Arab to win (Israel Prize
    Israel Prize
    The Israel Prize is an award handed out by the State of Israel and is largely regarded as the state's highest honor. It is presented annually, on Israeli Independence Day, in a state ceremony in Jerusalem, in the presence of the President, the Prime Minister, the Knesset chairperson, and the...

     - 1987)
  • Rashid Masharawi
    Rashid Masharawi
    Rashid Masharawi, film artist, born in Gaza in 1962 to a family of refugees from Jaffa. He grew up in the Shati refugee camp....

    , film director
  • Mai Masri
    Mai Masri
    Mai Masri is a U.S.-educated Palestinian filmmaker who has directed eight films.- Early life:Masri is the daughter of Munib Masri from Nablus and an American mother from Texas who was raised in Beirut, where she has lived most of her life. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 1981....

    , film director
  • Elia Suleiman
    Elia Suleiman
    Elia Suleiman , is a Palestinian film director and actor. He is best known for the 2002 film Divine Intervention , a modern tragic comedy on living under occupation in Palestine which won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival...

    , film director (Divine Intervention)
  • Hiam Abbas, actress

Musicians

  • Belly
    Belly (rapper)
    Ahmed Balshe , better known by his stage name Belly, is a Palestinian-Canadian Juno Award-winning rapper....

    , Rapper
  • Rim Banna
    Rim Banna
    Rim Banna is a Israeli Arab singer, composer, and arranger and an activist, who is well-known for her modern interpretations of the Palestinian Arab songs. Banna was born in Nazareth, Israel, where she graduated from Nazareth Baptist School...

    , singer/songwriter
  • Ammar Hasan, singer
  • Wissam Joubran
    Wissam Joubran
    Wissam Hatem Joubran is a Palestinian composer, oud virtuoso, and master lute maker. He is a member of the group Le Trio Joubran.-Biography:Joubran was born in Nazareth in the Galilee...

    , composer and Oud player
  • Reem Kelani
    Reem Kelani
    Reem Kelani is a Palestinian musician, born in Manchester, England, and brought up in Kuwait. Initially influenced by the jazz music her father played on his record player, a family wedding Reem attended in her maternal home in Galilee in the seventies sparked her interest in Palestinian...

    , singer
  • Shadia Mansour
    Shadia Mansour
    Shadia Mansour, also known as "the first lady of Arabic hip hop is a Palestinian singer and MC. Much of her music focuses on Middle East politics. Her first language is Arabic and she raps in Arabic. Mansour has recorded music with producer Johnny Juice of Public Enemy. Her first single,...

    , singer
  • Basem Mohamad
    Basem Mohamad
    Basem Mohamed was an early 18th century Muslim musician of Palestinian origin. He revolutionized early styles of Palestinian music in the Classical period . His influence remains considerable....

    , 18th century musician
  • Amal Murkus
    Amal Murkus
    Amal Murkus is a Palestinian Christian singer living in Israel. Her post-modern music style has a variety of Mediterranean influences. Her first album, Amal, was released in 1998, and her second, Shauq, in 2004...

    , singer
  • Mohsen Subhi
    Mohsen Subhi
    Mohsen Subhi was a Palestinian composer of classical Arabic music and arranger of modern Palestinian music and folk song....

    , composer, arranger, oud and buzuq player
  • DJ Khaled
    DJ Khaled
    Khaled bin Abdul Khaled , better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, and record label executive. He is a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad. In 2006, Khaled released his...

    , hip-hop producer, radio personality, and DJ
  • Simon Shaheen
    Simon Shaheen
    Simon Shaheen is a Palestinian-American oud and violin virtuoso and composer....

    , oud virtuoso, composer
  • Massiv
    Massiv
    Wasiem Taha better known as Massiv is a German gangsta rapper of Palestinian origin, living in Berlin. During his early career Taha was signed to the label Horrorkore Entertainment, but later he left and signed to major label Sony BMG...

    , rapper
  • Habib Hassan Touma
    Habib Hassan Touma
    Habib Hassan Touma ) was a Palestinian composer and ethnomusicologist. He authored a number of books, essays and articles on Arabic music....

    , composer
  • Fred Wreck, hip-hop producer
  • Tamer Nafar
    Tamer Nafar
    Tamer Nafar , is a Palestinian and Arab-Israeli rap artist.Tamer was born on June 6, 1979 in the city of Lod, Israel. He began writing and making rap music in 1998 and in 2000 his brother Suhell and their friend Mahmoud Jrere joined him to start the first Palestinian-Arab or Arab Israeli rap group,...

    , rapper of DAM fame
  • Saz
    Saz
    Saz can be a nickname for the given name Sarah, or may refer to:* Saz , a family of Iranian and Turkish stringed musical instruments* Sameh Zakout, rap artist* saz, the ISO 639-3 code for the Saurashtra language...

    , rapper
  • Laila Bagge Wahlgren, manager and songwriter
  • Tarééc
    Tarééc
    Tarek Hussein better known by his stage name Tarééc is a German R & B singer of Lebanese - Palestinian descent...

    , German singer
  • Jawan Safadi, musician and songwriter
  • Sana' Moussa, singer
  • Samy Matar, DJ and producer

Visual artists

  • Naji al-Ali
    Naji al-Ali
    Naji Salim al-Ali was a Palestinian cartoonist, noted for the political criticism of Israel in his works.He drew over 40,000 cartoons, which often reflected Palestinian and Arab public opinion and were sharply critical commentaries on Palestinian and Arab politics and political leaders...

    , cartoonist
  • Wissam Joubran
    Wissam Joubran
    Wissam Hatem Joubran is a Palestinian composer, oud virtuoso, and master lute maker. He is a member of the group Le Trio Joubran.-Biography:Joubran was born in Nazareth in the Galilee...

    , Maestro Luthier
  • Nasr Abdel Aziz Eleyan
    Nasr Abdel Aziz Eleyan
    Nasr Abdel Aziz Eleyan is a Palestinian artist and television interior designer/producer. He was born in the former village of az-Zakariyya, located north of Hebron in the former British Mandate of Palestine...

    , artist
  • Mustafa Al-Hallaj
    Mustafa Al-Hallaj
    Mustafa al-Hallaj was born in Salama in the Jaffa region of British Mandate Palestine.Al-Hallaj was a pioneer in the Arab art world, known as an "icon of contemporary Arab graphic arts"...

    , artist
  • Mona Hatoum
    Mona Hatoum
    Mona Hatoum is a video artist and installation artist of Palestinian origin, who lives in London.- Lebanon :...

    , sculptor
  • Hasan Hourani
    Hasan Hourani
    Hasan Hourani was a Palestinian artist, born in Hebron. He attended the College of Fine Art in Baghdad, Iraq from 1993-97. In 2001 he arrived in New York and presented his one-man show "One Day, One Night" in the UN building. He then studied at the Art Student's League of New York and continued...

    , painter
  • Emily Jacir
    Emily Jacir
    Emily Jacir is a Palestinian artist. Born in Bethlehem, Jacir spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, attending high school in Italy. She divides her time between New York and Ramallah....

    , painter and photographer, artist
  • Hanna Jubran
    Hanna Jubran
    Hanna Jubran is a Palestinian sculptor, born in Jish, the upper Galilee. His work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space. Each sculpture occupies and creates its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings...

    , sculptor
  • Hanna Safieh
    Hanna Safieh
    Hanna Safieh was a Palestinian photographer.His pictures illustrate numerous history books about "The most turbulent period of Palestinian history in this century" as Salim Tamari calls it in his forward. Yet, Hanna Safieh's legacy remained dispersed until his son, Raffi Safieh, decided to select...

    , photographer
  • Sama Raena Alshaibi
    Sama Raena Alshaibi
    Sama Raena Alshaibi سما الشيبي to an Iraqi father and Palestinian mother. She is an artist and photographer, in which she uses her cultural heritage to reflect her work and help inform her audience of her identity....

    , photographer, artist
  • Ahlam Shibli
    Ahlam Shibli
    Ahlam Shibli is a Palestinian artist who was born in Palestine Shibli's work explores the everyday life of the Palestinian population. Adrian Searle describes her work as "unsentimental and undramatic...extremely moving."...

    , photographer
  • Jafar Tukan, architect
  • Sama Raena Alshaibi
    Sama Raena Alshaibi
    Sama Raena Alshaibi سما الشيبي to an Iraqi father and Palestinian mother. She is an artist and photographer, in which she uses her cultural heritage to reflect her work and help inform her audience of her identity....

    , artist
  • Hisham Zreiq
    Hisham Zreiq
    Hisham Zreiq , also spelled Zrake, is an award-winning Palestinian Christian Independent film maker, poet and visual artist. He began working in computer art in 1994, and in 1996 started exhibiting his work in galleries and museums....

    , artist

Alternative contemporary artists

  • DAM
    DAM (band)
    DAM is a Palestinian hip-hop group. Based in Lod, Israel, DAM was founded in 1999 by brothers Tamar and Suhell Nafar and their friend Mahmoud Jreri, and their songs are largely about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and poverty...

    , Palestinian hip-hop group http://www.dam3rap.com/
  • Fredwreck
    Fredwreck
    Farid Karam Nassar, better known as Fredwreck is a record producer from Los Angeles, California. He got his big break when he became a producer for Dr. Dre's newly founded Aftermath Records label, and went on to work with Snoop Dogg's record label Dogghouse Records and became a known producer on...

    , Palestinian-American West Coast rap producer
  • DJ Khaled
    DJ Khaled
    Khaled bin Abdul Khaled , better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, and record label executive. He is a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad. In 2006, Khaled released his...

    , Palestinian-American hip-hop DJ
  • Sameh Zakout
    Sameh Zakout
    Sameh Zakout is a Palestinian rap artist who lives in Ramle, Israel. His music features themes of Palestinian and Arab identity and calls for peaceful resolution of Arab-Israeli conflict. He was the subject of the documentary Saz: The Palestinian Rapper for Change.-External links:**...

    , hip-hop artist
  • Tamer Nafar
    Tamer Nafar
    Tamer Nafar , is a Palestinian and Arab-Israeli rap artist.Tamer was born on June 6, 1979 in the city of Lod, Israel. He began writing and making rap music in 1998 and in 2000 his brother Suhell and their friend Mahmoud Jrere joined him to start the first Palestinian-Arab or Arab Israeli rap group,...

    , hip-hop artist
  • Niz-r
    Niz-r
    NiZ-R is a half-Iraqi, half-Palestinian rapper living in Jordan.- Biography :NiZ-R was raised in a family that was always attached to politics, with different political points of view, so he developed his own personal political point of view at a really small age.He was really influenced by his...

    , rapper
  • Jaffa Phonix
    Jaffa Phonix
    Jaffa Phonix are a Palestinian band whose music consists of electronica, hip hop and big beat. The current band members are Faisal Abu Ghaben , Ali Abu Ghaben , DJ Feedo...

    , band
  • Belly
    Belly (rapper)
    Ahmed Balshe , better known by his stage name Belly, is a Palestinian-Canadian Juno Award-winning rapper....

    , Palestinian-Canadian rap hip-hop artist.
  • Jowan Safadi, Palestinian musician and songwriter from Nazareth
  • Zaman
    Zaman
    Zaman may refer to:*Zaman A large ornamental tropical American tree with bipinnate leaves and globose clusters of flowers with crimson stamens and sweet-pulp seed pods eaten by cattle ....

    , Palestinian folk and flamenco band from Acre
  • Walla'at, Palestinian band from Acre
  • The Ministry of Dub-Key, Palestinian music project
  • Toot-Ard, reggae music band from the Golan Hights
  • WE7, Palestinian hip-hop group from Nazareth

Business

  • Abdul Hameed Shoman, Arab Bank
    Arab Bank
    Arab Bank is one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle East. Established in Jerusalem in Palestine in 1930 as a small bank, it has evolved into a group with the largest worldwide Arab network with over 500 branches in 30 countries on five continents, participating in financial markets...

  • Yousef Beidas
    Yousef Beidas
    Yousef Beidas was a Palestinian Lebanese banker...

    , Intra Bank
    Intra Bank
    Intra Bank was a Lebanese bank, and the largest financial institution in the Middle East until its collapse in 1966.-Foundation and Rise of the Bank:...

  • Munib al-Masri, PADICOhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/outlook/news/story/2007/05/070514_elmasri_palterritories.shtml
  • Hasib Sabbagh
    Hasib Sabbagh
    Hasib Sabbagh, also spelled Hassib , came from a Palestinian Christian family in Safed in Palestine, although he was born in Tiberias...

    , Consolidated Contractors International Company
    Consolidated Contractors International Company
    Consolidated Contractors Company origins go back to 1943 when Hasib Sabbagh and four other contractors established the Consolidated Contractors Company in Haifa, Palestine. Sabbagh left Palestine in April 1948 due to the Israeli occupation and moved to Lebanon...

  • Naim Attallah
    Naim Attallah
    Naim Attallah is a businessman and writer. He was born in the former British Mandate of Palestine in 1931 and is the publisher of Quartet Books and backer of the Literary Review and The Oldie....

    , Asprey
    Asprey
    Asprey is a British luxury brand with a heritage that dates back to 1781. The brand offers an extensive range of gifts, jewellery, watches, leather, silver, bone china, crystal and rare books, all available in its flagship New Bond Street store. Asprey was once the destination for crowns,...

    , Quartet Publishing
  • Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh is the chairman and founder of the international Jordan-based organisation, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization...

  • Sam Bahour
    Sam Bahour
    Sam Bahour is a Palestinian-American businessman and entrepreneur who moved with his family to the Israeli-occupied West Bank in the 1990s following the signing of Oslo Accords to become involved in developing the economy of the future Palestinian state....


Palestinian Communist Party


(Palestinian people party)
  • Foad Nassar
  • Tawfeq Zayyad
  • Radwan el Helo
  • Sulayman al Najab
  • Basher al Barghothy
  • Bassam al Salhi
  • Foad Rizik
  • Maher al Shareef

Fatah

  • Nabil Amr
    Nabil Amr
    Nabil Amr is a former information minister in the Palestinian National Authority, and previous ambassador to Egypt. He was an outspoken critic of Yasir Arafat, especially regarding his behavior at the 2000 Camp David Summit....

    , presidential aide and negotiator
  • Yasser Arafat
    Yasser Arafat
    Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini , popularly known as Yasser Arafat or by his kunya Abu Ammar , was a Palestinian leader and a Laureate of the Nobel Prize. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization , President of the Palestinian National Authority...

    , First President of the PNA
  • Hakam Balawi
    Hakam Balawi
    Hakam Umar As‘ad Balawi is a Palestinian politician and has been a member of the Palestinian National Authority cabinet and the Palestinian Legislative Council. He was born in the town of Bal'a, near Tulkarm in British Mandate Palestine....

    , former ambassador of PLO to Tunisia and Algeria
  • Marwan Barghouti
    Marwan Barghouti
    Marwan Hasib Ibrahim Barghouti is a Palestinian political figure. He is regarded as a leader of the First and Second Intifadas. Barghouti at one time supported the peace process, but later became disillusioned, and after 2000 went on to become the main figure behind the Al-Aqsa Intifada in the...

    , founder of Tanzim and senior Fatah opposition figure
  • Mohammed Dahlan
    Mohammed Dahlan
    Mohammed Dahlan born on September 29, 1961 in Khan Younis Refugee Camp, Khan Younis, Gaza Strip also known by the kunya or nom de guerre Abu Fadi is a Palestinian politician, the former leader of Fatah in Gaza...

    , Head of Preventive Security Service
    Preventive Security Service
    The Preventive Security Force is the official security apparatus of the Palestinian National Authority. It was established in 1994 by President Yasser Arafat in accordance with the Oslo Accords....

     in Gaza
  • Saeb Erekat
    Saeb Erekat
    Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat (also Erakat; Ṣāʼib ʻUrayqāt or ʻRēqāt, born April 28, 1955 in Jordanian controlled East Jerusalem was the Palestinian chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 12 February 2011...

    , presidential aide and senior negotiator
  • Qadura Fares
    Qadura Fares
    Qadura Fares was a Palestinian Authority minister without portfolio under Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei from 2003 to 2005, and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for Fatah from 1996 to 2006. He is a close friend, aide and adviser to senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti...

    , PNA minister and aide of Barghouti
  • Rawhi Fattuh
    Rawhi Fattuh
    Rawhi Fattuh is the former Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and was the interim President of the Palestinian Authority, following the death of Yasser Arafat on November 11, 2004 until January 15, 2005. Under Palestinian law, he was to hold the post for 60 days until an election is...

    , former interim President of the PNA
  • Faisal Husseini
    Faisal Husseini
    Faisal Abdel Qader Al-Husseini was a Palestinian politician who was considered a possible future leader of the Palestinian people....

    , former head of Jerusalem affairs
  • Farouk Kaddoumi
    Farouk Kaddoumi
    Farouk al-Kaddoumi , also known as Abu al-Lutf, born in 1931. Secretary-general of Fatah's central committee and PLO's political department in Tunisia.-Early life:...

    , head of Fatah
  • Salah Khalaf
    Salah Khalaf
    Salah Mesbah Khalaf , also known as Abu Iyad was deputy chief and head of intelligence for the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the second most senior official of Fatah after Yasser Arafat....

    , former top aide of Arafat
  • Ahmad al-Khatib
    Ahmad al-Khatib
    Ahmad Hasan al-Khatib was a Syrian politician. He was a ceremonial head of state of Syria appointed by Hafez al-Assad to replace the ousted president Nureddin al-Atassi. al-Khatib was a civilian member of the ruling Baath party and served as president for only four months. His position was...

  • Ahmed Qurei
    Ahmed Qurei
    Ahmed Ali Mohammed Qurei , also known by his Arabic Kunya Abu Alaa is a former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority...

    , former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
    Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
    The Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority is the head of government of the Palestinian Authority government.The Prime Minister's Office was created in 2003 to manage day-to-day activities of the Palestinian government. The position was created because both Israel and the United...

  • Ali Hassan Salameh
    Ali Hassan Salameh
    Ali Hassan Salameh was the chief of operations—code name Abu Hassan—for Black September, the organization responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre and other attacks. He was also the founder of Force 17...

  • Nabil Shaath
    Nabil Shaath
    Nabil Shaath is a senior Palestinian official who has held the following titles:*Palestinian chief negotiator*Palestinian cabinet minister*Palestinian International Co-operation Minister*Planning Minister for the Palestinian National Authority...

    , former Foreign Affairs Minister
  • Khalil al-Wazir, former PLO military leader and top aide of Arafat

Hamas

  • Muhammad Abu Tir
    Muhammad Abu Tir
    Muhammad Hassan Abu Tir is a member of Hamas and a representative on the Palestinian Legislative Council for his East Jerusalem constituency. He was elected to the position in the Palestinian legislative elections that were held on January 25, 2006. Abu Tir is known for his bright orange...

  • Mohammad Barghouti
    Mohammad Barghouti
    Mohammad Barghouti was the Minister of Local Government in the Palestinian Authority coalition cabinet. He held the post of Labor Minister in the previous cabinet. Mohammad Barghouti was arrested by Israel on June 29, 2006 as part of Israel's Operation Summer Rains...

  • Mohammed Deif
    Mohammed Deif
    Mohammed Deif Born in 1960, is a commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. He gained that position after Israel killed Salah Shehade in July, 2002. Israel suspects him of being a bombmaker and holds him personally responsible for the deaths of dozens of civilians...

     - Leader of Hamas' military wing
  • Ismail Haniyeh
  • Ahmed al-Ja'abari
    Ahmed al-Ja'abari
    Ahmed al-Ja'abari is a leading commander of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza. He has been credited as a leader in the takeover of Gaza by Hamas and the firing of Qassam rockets into Israel....

  • Wasfi Kabha
    Wasfi Kabha
    Wasfi Kabha was the former Minister of Prisoners' Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority and is a Hamas member. He was detained by Israeli authorities in June along with other Hamas ministers and parliament members in a clampdown against their organization. During his eleven-day detainment...

     - Prisoners' Affairs Minister
  • Khaled Meshaal - Secretary-General of Hamas
  • Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi
    Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi
    Dr. Abdel Aziz Ali Abdulmajid al-Rantissi ; 23 October 1947 – 17 April 2004) was the co-founder of the militant Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas with Sheikh Ahmed Yassin....

    , founder and former Secretary-General of Hamas
  • Ahmed Yassin
    Ahmed Yassin
    Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin was a founder of Hamas, an Islamist Palestinian paramilitary organization and political party. Yassin also served as the spiritual leader of the organization...

    , founder and spiritual leader
  • Mahmoud al-Zahar
    Mahmoud al-Zahar
    Mahmoud al-Zahar is a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip. Since the formation of the Hamas/"Change and Reform" government in the Palestinian National Authority in March 2006, al-Zahar has served as foreign minister in the government of prime minister Ismail...

    , former Foreign Affairs Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
    Foreign Affairs Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
    The Foreign Affairs Minister of the Palestinian National Authority is in charge of foreign relations. In June 2006, Israel attacked the ministry's office in Gaza City twice...

    , Hamas foreign minister
  • Hadem Rida
    Hadem Rida
    Hadem Rida Jarrar is the mayor of Jenin, in the West Bank. He is a member of the Hamas organization. In 2006 he was arrested by Israeli authorities with the mayor of Qalqilya and Education Minister Nasser al-Shaer. Rida is diagnosed with diabetes....

    , mayor of Jenin
    Jenin
    Jenin is the largest town in the Northern West Bank, and the third largest city overall. It serves as the administrative center of the Jenin Governorate and is a major agricultural center for the surrounding towns. In 2007, the city had a population of 120,004 not including the adjacent refugee...


PFLP


  • Bassam Abu Sharif
    Bassam Abu Sharif
    Bassam Abu Sharif is a former senior adviser to the late Yasser Arafat and press officer of the Palestine Liberation Organization ....

    , former spokesperson of PFLP and PLO
  • George Habash
    George Habash
    George Habash also known by his laqab "al-Hakim" was a Palestinian nationalist. Habash, a Palestinian Christian, founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which pioneered the hijacking of airplanes as a Middle East militant tactic...

    , founder and former Secretary-General of PFLP
  • Abu Ali Mustafa
    Abu Ali Mustafa
    Abu Ali Mustafa , , the kunya of Mustafa Alhaj a.k.a. Mustafa Ali Zibri, was the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine from July 2000 until he was killed by Israel forces.-Biography:...

    , former Secretary-General of PFLP
  • Leila Khaled
    Leila Khaled
    Leila Khaled is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine . She is currently a member of the Palestinian National Council...

    , former PFLP militant and activist
  • Ahmed Saadat, current Secretary-General of PFLP
  • Riyad al-Malki, current Foreign Affairs Minister of PNA
  • Wadie Haddad
    Wadie Haddad
    Wadie Haddad , also known as Abu Hani, was a Palestinian doctor of medicine and the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's armed wing...

    , former PFLP militant and founder

Other

  • Haidar Abdel-Shafi
    Haidar Abdel-Shafi
    Haidar Abdel-Shafi was a Palestinian physician, community leader and political leader who was the head of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Conference of 1991.- Background :...

    , independent, head of Palestinian delegation to Madrid Peace Conference of 1991
  • Salah Abdel-Shafi
    Salah Abdel-Shafi
    Salah Abdel-Shafi is a Palestinian economist, and the Palestinian ambassador to Germany, holding the position since August 2010. From 2006 to 2010 he was the Palestinian envoy to Sweden. Formerly General Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, a consultant, and advisor to the World...

    , independent, economist, Palestinian Ambassador to Sweden
  • Abu Abbas
    Abu Abbas
    Muhammad Zaidan also known as Abū ‘Abbās or Muhammad ‘Abbās, was the founder and leader of paramilitary group the Palestine Liberation Front .- Political background :...

    , PLF
  • Hanan Ashrawi
    Hanan Ashrawi
    Hanan Daoud Khalil Ashrawi is a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar. She was a protégé and later colleague and close friend of Edward Said. Ashrawi was an important leader during the First Intifada, served as the official spokesperson for the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East...

    , Third Way
  • Hasan Tahboub
    Hasan Tahboub
    Hasan Fateen Tahboub , was a leader of the Arab community in Jerusalem, Head of the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem and Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs in the Palestinian Authority...

    , former Head of the Supreme Islamic Council
  • Nayef Hawatmeh
    Nayef Hawatmeh
    Nayef Hawatmeh , Jordanian-Palestinian Christian politician. His name can be transliterated from the Arabic in many ways; variants include Naif Hawatma, Niaf Hawathme, etc....

    , DFLP
  • Ahmed Jibril
    Ahmed Jibril
    Ahmed Jibril is the founder and leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command , part of the left-wing, Palestinian national liberation movement....

    , PFLP-GC
  • Yousef Al-Khalidi
    Yousef al-Khalidi
    Yusuf Dia Pasha al-Khalidi was a prominent Palestinian who played a major political role in the Ottoman Empire dominance period. He was born in 1829 in Jerusalem....

    , Ottoman era
  • Abu Nidal
    Abu Nidal
    Abu Nidal , born Sabri Khalil al-Banna , was the founder of Fatah–The Revolutionary Council , a militant Palestinian group more commonly known as the Abu Nidal Organization...

    , Abu Nidal Organization
  • Afif Safieh
    Afif Safieh
    Afif Safieh is a Palestinian diplomat. He was most recently the Palestinian ambassador to the Russian Federation.Safieh was born in Jerusalem in 1950 to a Christian family. As a child, he attended school in Jerusalem's College Des Frères. In 1972, he obtained a degree in Political Science and...

    , Palestine's Ambassador to the Russian Federation
  • Musa Alami
    Musa Alami
    Musa Alami was a prominent Palestinian nationalist and politician.Alami was born in the Musrara district of Jerusalem, Palestine into a prominent family...

  • Nimr al-Khatib
    Nimr al-Khatib
    Muhammad Nimr al-Khatib was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and a pro-Husayni head of the Arab Higher Committee in Haifa during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine. He founded an Islamic society called Jam‘iyyat al-I‘tisam in 1941...

    , political leader, Haifa
  • Awni Abd al-Hadi
    Awni Abd al-Hadi
    Awni Abd al-Hadi, , was a Palestinian political figure. He was educated in Beirut, Istanbul, and at the Sorbonne University in Paris. His wife was Tarab Abd al-Hadi, a Palestinian activist and feminist....

    , Palestinian political figure
  • Ahmad Shukairy, PLO founder

Mayors

  • Fahmi al-Abboushi
    Fahmi al-Abboushi
    Fahmi al-Abboushi was co-founder of the Palestinian political party Hizb al-Istiqlal along with his close associate Awni Abd al-Hadi....

    , appointed Mayor of Jenin
    Jenin
    Jenin is the largest town in the Northern West Bank, and the third largest city overall. It serves as the administrative center of the Jenin Governorate and is a major agricultural center for the surrounding towns. In 2007, the city had a population of 120,004 not including the adjacent refugee...

     in 1935
  • Hussein Al-Araj
    Hussein Al-Araj
    Hussein Abdallah al-Araj is a Palestinian former mayor and government minister. He was the acting mayor of Nablus, one of the largest cities in the West Bank. He was in office, heading a local government committee, from April 2004 to April 2005. He was succeeded by another local government...

    , former mayor of Nablus
    Nablus
    Nablus is a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, approximately north of Jerusalem, with a population of 126,132. Located in a strategic position between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center.Founded by the...

  • Ramiz Jaraisy
    Ramiz Jaraisy
    Ramiz Jaraisy is the mayor of Nazareth.Jaraisy was born in Israel. He holds a B.Sc in mechanical engineering and an M.Sc in civil engineering , both from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He established two Arab-Israeli student unions, first for the Technion, and subsequently a...

    , Mayor of Nazareth
    Nazareth
    Nazareth is the largest city in the North District of Israel. Known as "the Arab capital of Israel," the population is made up predominantly of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel...

  • Omar Hammayil
    Omar Hammayil
    Omar Hammayil is the mayor of Al-Bireh in the West Bank in the Palestinian territories.He is also a chemistry teacher.-External links:* which mentions him...

    , mayor of al-Bireh
    Al-Bireh
    al-Bireh or el-Bira is a Palestinian city adjacent to Ramallah in the central West Bank, north of Jerusalem. It is situated on the central ridge running through the West Bank and is above sea level, covering an area of...

  • Mohammed Milhim
    Mohammed Milhim
    Mohammed Milhim is the former mayor of the city of Halhul in the southern West Bank. He graduated the University of Lebanon with a certificate in English literature in 1974. In 1980 he was exiled from the Palestinian territories for being a member of the PLO Executive Committee and was allowed...

    , former mayor of Halhul
    Halhul
    Halhul is a Palestinian city located in the southern West Bank, north of Hebron in the Hebron Governorate. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the city had a population of 22,108 mostly Muslim inhabitants in 2007.- History :...

  • Hadem Rida
    Hadem Rida
    Hadem Rida Jarrar is the mayor of Jenin, in the West Bank. He is a member of the Hamas organization. In 2006 he was arrested by Israeli authorities with the mayor of Qalqilya and Education Minister Nasser al-Shaer. Rida is diagnosed with diabetes....

    , mayor of Jenin
    Jenin
    Jenin is the largest town in the Northern West Bank, and the third largest city overall. It serves as the administrative center of the Jenin Governorate and is a major agricultural center for the surrounding towns. In 2007, the city had a population of 120,004 not including the adjacent refugee...

  • Bassam Shaka, former mayor of Nablus
    Nablus
    Nablus is a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, approximately north of Jerusalem, with a population of 126,132. Located in a strategic position between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center.Founded by the...

    ,
  • Ghassan Shakaa
    Ghassan Shakaa
    Ghassan Shakaa is the former mayor of Nablus, one of the largest cities in the West Bank. Former Nablus mayor Bassam Shaka is his uncle. Shakaa was appointed to his position by Yasser Arafat. His brother was assassinated by still an unknown group...

    , former mayor of Nablus
    Nablus
    Nablus is a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, approximately north of Jerusalem, with a population of 126,132. Located in a strategic position between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center.Founded by the...

    ,
  • Adly Yaish
    Adly Yaish
    Adly Yaish is the mayor of the Nablus Municipality in the central highlands of the West Bank under the Palestinian National Authority.On 24 May 2007 he was arrested by Israeli forces. He spent 15 months in prison without being charged....

    , mayor of Nablus
  • Adel Zawati
    Adel Zawati
    Adel Zawati was a Palestinian statesman and politician.-Biography:Zawati was born 1920 in Zawata, Nablus to Palestinian parents. He was educated in Nablus and near Jerusalem then went on to receive his bachelor's and master’s degrees in Arabic Literature from the American University of Beirut in...

    ,Former mayor of Jenine, Nablus, Hebron, Ruler of Yafa, Ramleh

Politicians in Israel


See Also: Arab members of the Knesset
Arab members of the Knesset
There have been Israeli Arab members of the Knesset since the first Knesset elections in 1949. The following is a list of the sixty-three past and present members. Some Israeli Druze dispute the label "Arab" and consider Druze a separate ethnic group, however they are still included in this...

  • Ahmad Tibi
    Ahmad Tibi
    Ahmad Tibi is an Arab-Israeli politician and leader of Ta'al , an Arab party in Israel. He currently serves as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He was elected on a joint ticket with the United Arab List to serve in Israel's parliament, the Knesset...

     - member of Israeli Knesset from the Ta'al
    Ta'al
    Ta'al is an Israeli Arab political party in Israel led by Ahmad Tibi.-History:Ta'al was founded by Tibi in the mid 1990s. It ran in the 1996 elections under the name Arab Union, but won only 2,087 votes . For the 1999 elections it ran as part of the Balad list. Tibi won a seat, and broke away from...

     party,former political advisor to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.
  • Azmi Bishara
    Azmi Bishara
    Azmi Bishara , a former member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, is a Palestinian intellectual, academic, politician, and writer.In 2007, Bishara fled Israel and resigned from the Knesset after being questioned by police on suspicion of aiding and passing information to the enemy during...

     - former member of Israeli Knesset
    Knesset
    The Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.-Role in Israeli Government :The legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister , approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government...

    , from the Balad party
  • Jamal Zahalka
    Jamal Zahalka
    Dr Jamal Zahalka is an Israeli Arab who serves as a member of the Knesset representing the democratic Balad party. He is a Balad party leader.-Background:...

     - member of Israeli Knesset
    Knesset
    The Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.-Role in Israeli Government :The legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister , approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government...

    , from the Balad party
  • Hana Sweid
    Hana Sweid
    Dr. Hana Sweid is an Israeli Arab politician and member of the Knesset for Hadash.-Biography:Born to a Christian family in Eilabun Dr. Hana Sweid is an Israeli Arab politician and member of the Knesset for Hadash.-Biography:Born to a Christian family in Eilabun Dr. Hana Sweid is an Israeli Arab...

    - member of Israeli Knesset
    Knesset
    The Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.-Role in Israeli Government :The legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister , approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government...

     with Hadash
    Hadash
    Hadash is a Jewish and Arab socialist front of organizations that runs for the Israeli parliament. It currently has four members in the 120-seat Knesset.-Background:...

     and mayor of Eilabun
    Eilabun
    Eilabun is an Israeli-Arab local council in Israel's North District, located in the Beit Netofa Valley. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, Eilabun had a population of 4,400 inhabitants in 2005. The population is predominantly Christian...

  • Tawfiq Ziad
    Tawfiq Ziad
    Tawfiq Ziad was a Palestinian politician well-known for his "poetry of protest".-Biography:Born in the Galilee, Ziad studied literature in Russia...

     - a poet, a former mayor of Nazareth
    Nazareth
    Nazareth is the largest city in the North District of Israel. Known as "the Arab capital of Israel," the population is made up predominantly of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel...

     and a former Hadash
    Hadash
    Hadash is a Jewish and Arab socialist front of organizations that runs for the Israeli parliament. It currently has four members in the 120-seat Knesset.-Background:...

     member of Israeli Knesset
    Knesset
    The Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.-Role in Israeli Government :The legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister , approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government...

  • Ibrahim Sarsur
    Ibrahim Sarsur
    Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsur is an Israeli Arab politician and member of the Knesset for the United Arab List, of which he is the party leader.-Biography:...

    , Kneseet member Israel
    Israel
    The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

     from the United Arab List
    United Arab List
    The United Arab List , commonly known in Israel by its Hebrew acronym Ra'am , is a political party representing and supported by Israeli Arabs...

     party
  • Taleb el-Sana
    Taleb el-Sana
    Taleb el-Sana is an Israeli politician and lawyer, and is currently the longest serving Arab Member of the Knesset.-Biography:Born in Tel Arad in the Negev, he is an Israeli Arab of Bedouin origin. el-Sana studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a lawyer by profession...

    , Kneseet member Israel
    Israel
    The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

     from the United Arab List
    United Arab List
    The United Arab List , commonly known in Israel by its Hebrew acronym Ra'am , is a political party representing and supported by Israeli Arabs...

     party
  • Muhammad Barakeh - member of Israeli Knesset
    Knesset
    The Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.-Role in Israeli Government :The legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister , approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government...

    , from Hadash
    Hadash
    Hadash is a Jewish and Arab socialist front of organizations that runs for the Israeli parliament. It currently has four members in the 120-seat Knesset.-Background:...

     party
  • Haneen Zoabi
    Haneen Zoabi
    Haneen Zoabi, also spelled Hanin Zoubi, , is a member of the Knesset representing the Balad party. She is a Palestinian Arab, who is also an Arab citizen of Israel...

     - First Palestinian woman elected to the Knesset
    Knesset
    The Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.-Role in Israeli Government :The legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister , approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government...

     on an Arab party

Foreign

  • Rania of Jordan, Queen of Jordan, wife of King Abdullah II
  • Alia al Hussein, late Queen of Jordan, 3rd wife of King Hussein
  • Antonio Saca
    Antonio Saca
    Elías Antonio Saca González is a Salvadoran politician and was the President of El Salvador. He was elected President in 2004 to serve a five-year term that ended in 2009....

    , president of El Salvador
    El Salvador
    El Salvador or simply Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. The country's capital city and largest city is San Salvador; Santa Ana and San Miguel are also important cultural and commercial centers in the country and in all of Central America...

  • Shafik Handal, El Salvador politician
  • Carlos Flores Facussé, president of Honduras
    Honduras
    Honduras is a republic in Central America. It was previously known as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became the modern-day state of Belize...

  • Said Musa
    Said Musa
    Said Wilbert Musa is a Belizean lawyer and politician. He was the Prime Minister of Belize from August 28, 1998 to February 8, 2008.-Early life and education:Said Musa was born in San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize...

    , Prime Minister of Belize
    Belize
    Belize is a constitutional monarchy and the northernmost country in Central America. Belize has a diverse society, comprising many cultures and languages. Even though Kriol and Spanish are spoken among the population, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official...

  • Pierre de Bané
    Pierre de Bané
    Pierre de Bané, PC, QC is a Canadian Senator. He was the first person of Arab descent to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons in Matane and next Matapédia—Matane, and is a former member of the Canadian Cabinet....

    , Canadian
    Canada
    Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

  • Naser Khader
    Naser Khader
    Naser Khader is Danish-Syrian and a former member of the Parliament of Denmark for the Conservative Party. As a member of Parliament, he has represented both Social Liberal Party and Liberal Alliance, the latter as founding leader, until January 5, 2009...

    , member of the Parliament of Denmark
    Denmark
    Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

  • Joe Hockey
    Joe Hockey
    Joseph Benedict "Joe" Hockey , is an Australian politician and member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of North Sydney for the Liberal Party of Australia since 1996....

    , Australia
    Australia
    Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

    n cabinet minister
  • John H. Sununu
    John H. Sununu
    John Henry Sununu is a former Governor of New Hampshire and former White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. He is the father of John E. Sununu, a former senator from New Hampshire, and formerly a U.S. Representative...

    , former Chief of Staff Pres. George H. Bush Administration
  • John E. Sununu
    John E. Sununu
    John Edward Sununu is a former Republican United States Senator from New Hampshire, of Lebanese and Palestinian Christian ancestry. Sununu was the youngest member of the Senate for his entire six year term. He is the son of former New Hampshire Governor John H...

    , Senator New Hampshire

Activists

  • Huwaida Arraf
    Huwaida Arraf
    Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian Christian human rights activist, lawyer and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement , a Palestinian-led organization focused on assisting the Palestinian side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict using non-violent protests...

    , co-founder of ISM
    International Solidarity Movement
    The International Solidarity Movement is an organization focused on assisting the Palestinian cause in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict using nonviolent protests. It was founded in 2001 by Ghassan Andoni, a Palestinian activist; Neta Golan, an Israeli activist; Huwaida Arraf, a...

  • Mubarak Awad
    Mubarak Awad
    Mubarak Awad is a Palestinian-American psychologist and an advocate of nonviolent resistance.-Early life and move to the United States:Awad, a Palestinian Christian , was born in 1943 in Jerusalem when it was under the British Mandate...

    , advocate of nonviolent resistance
  • Abdullah Yusuf Azzam
    Abdullah Yusuf Azzam
    Abdullah Yusuf Azzam was a highly influential Palestinian Sunni Islamic scholar and theologian, who preached in favor of defensive jihad by Muslims to help the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet invaders...

    , Islamist scholar & activist
  • Bulus Farah
    Bulus Farah
    Bulus Farah was a Palestinian trade unionist who founded the Federation of Arab Trade Unions and Labor Societies in 1942. Farah went to work in the Haifa workshops in 1925 as a fifteen-year-old apprentice and is also known as the author of a book on the railway workers of the post-World War I...

    , trade unionist
  • Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
    Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni
    Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni was a Palestinian Arab nationalist and fighter who in late 1933 founded the secret militant group known as the Organization for Holy Struggle, , which he and Hasan Salama commanded as the Army of the Holy War during the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt and during the 1948...

    , nationalist leader

Christianity

  • Archbishop Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia
    Archbishop Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia
    Theodosios of Sebastia is the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Ordained on the 24 December 2005 at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, he is the second Palestinian to hold the position of Archbishop in the history of the diocese.Born Atallah Hanna in Rameh in the...

    , current Archbishop of Sebastia for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
  • Riah Abu Assal, current Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem
    Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem
    The Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem is the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, which is a part of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and The Middle East, and based at St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem. The Diocese of Jerusalem covers Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon...

  • Naim Ateek
    Naim Ateek
    The Rev. Dr. Naim Stifan Ateek is a Palestinian Christian who is the founder and head of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. He went to school to the Nazareth Baptist school where he also taught after graduation...

    , founder of Sabeel
    Sabeel
    Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center is a Christian liberation theology organization based in Jerusalem. It was founded by Palestinian Anglican priest, Rev. Naim Ateek, the former Canon of St...

  • Elias Chacour
    Elias Chacour
    Elias Chacour is the Archbishop of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and All Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Noted for his efforts to promote reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis, he is the author of two books about the experience of Palestinian people living in present-day Israel...

    , Archbishop of Galilee
    Galilee
    Galilee , is a large region in northern Israel which overlaps with much of the administrative North District of the country. Traditionally divided into Upper Galilee , Lower Galilee , and Western Galilee , extending from Dan to the north, at the base of Mount Hermon, along Mount Lebanon to the...

    , of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church
    Melkite Greek Catholic Church
    The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See as part of the worldwide Catholic Church. The Melkites, Byzantine Rite Catholics of mixed Eastern Mediterranean and Greek origin, trace their history to the early Christians of Antioch, Syria, of...

  • Michel Sabah, current Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
    Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
    The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem is the title possessed by the Latin Rite Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem. The Archdiocese of Jerusalem has jurisdiction for all Latin Rite Catholics in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and Cyprus...

  • Munib Younan
    Munib Younan
    Munib Younan is the elected president of the Lutheran World Federation since 2010 and the Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop of Palestine and Jordan in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land since 1998.- Education :...

    , Lutheran bishop
  • Rifat Odeh Kassis
    Rifat Odeh Kassis
    Rifat Odeh Kassis is a Palestinian Christian was born in Beit Sahour, in the West Bank. An active human rights and political and community activist, he was arrested and imprisoned several times by Israel....

    , human rights and community activist
  • Mitri Raheb
    Mitri Raheb
    Mitri Raheb is a Palestinian Christian, the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem , and the founder and president of the Diyar Consortium, a group of Lutheran-based, ecumenically-oriented institutions serving the Bethlehem area.-Background:Mitri Raheb was born in...

    , Lutheran minister and author
  • Benny Hinn
    Benny Hinn
    Toufik Benedictus "Benny" Hinn הין; born December 3, 1952) is a televangelist, best known for his regular "Miracle Crusades" – revival meeting/faith healing summits that are usually held in large stadiums in major cities, which are later broadcast worldwide on his television program, This Is Your...

    , evangelical preacher
  • Anis Shorrosh
    Anis Shorrosh
    Anis Shorrosh is a Palestinian Evangelical Christian, who has published many books and has debated with the late Ahmad Deedat.Shorrosh served as pastor and evangelist in the Middle East from 1959-1966. In September 1995, Dr.Shorrosh was guest lecturer at NCI Bible College, Auckland, New Zealand...

    , Evangelical preacher and debater

Islam

  • Amin al-Husayni, former Mufti of Jerusalem
    Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
    The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem is the Sunni Muslim cleric in charge of Jerusalem's Islamic holy places, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque.-Ottoman era:...

  • Ibn Qudamah
    Ibn Qudamah
    Imam Mawaffaq ad-Din Abdullah Ibn Ahmad Ibn Qudama al-Maqdisi was a noted Islamic scholar of the Hanbali madhhab, author of many treatises of Hanbali jurisprudence and doctrine, including al-Mughni as well as Tahrim an-Nazar Imam Mawaffaq ad-Din Abdullah Ibn Ahmad Ibn Qudama al-Maqdisi (Arabic...

    , Hanbali
    Hanbali
    The Hanbali school is one the schools of Fiqh or religious law within Sunni Islam. The jurisprudence school traces back to Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal but was institutionalized by his students. Hanbali jurisprudence is considered very strict and conservative, especially regarding questions of dogma...

     jurist
  • Ekrima Sa'id Sabri
    Ekrima Sa'id Sabri
    Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine from October 1994 to July 1, 2006. He was appointed by Yasser Arafat.He has a doctorate from Al Azhar University in Egypt on the “Islamic Endowment Between Theory and Practice”....

    , current Mufti of Jerusalem
  • Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i
    Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i
    Abū ʿAbdullāh Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shafiʿī was a Muslim jurist, who lived from 767 CE to 820 CE. He was active in juridical matters and his teaching eventually led to the Shafi'i school of fiqh named after him. Hence he is often called Imam al-Shafi'i...

    , founder of the Shafi fiqh
    Fiqh
    Fiqh is Islamic jurisprudence. Fiqh is an expansion of the code of conduct expounded in the Quran, often supplemented by tradition and implemented by the rulings and interpretations of Islamic jurists....

     of Sunni Islam
    Sunni Islam
    Sunni Islam is the largest branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims are referred to in Arabic as ʾAhl ūs-Sunnah wa āl-Ǧamāʿah or ʾAhl ūs-Sunnah for short; in English, they are known as Sunni Muslims, Sunnis or Sunnites....

    ; born in Gaza
  • Ahmad Abu Laban
    Ahmad Abu Laban
    Ahmad Abu Laban was the leader of the organisation called the Islamic Society in Denmark and a central figure in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy....

    , Imam in Denmark
  • Raed Salah
    Raed Salah
    Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. He was born in Umm al-Fahm - an Israeli-Arab city bordering the Green Line - and was elected as the mayor of that city three times; in 1989, 1993 and 1997. He has eight children and is a former poetSalah was banned...

    , leader of the Northern branch of the Islamic Movement
  • Sheikh Taissir Tamimi
    Sheikh Taissir Tamimi
    Sheikh Taissir Dayut Tamimi . He is a supporter of the PA and an opponent of Hamas. His political views frequently bring him into conflict with Israel....

    , Head of Islamic court in Palestinian territories

Sports

  • Omar Sheika
    Omar Sheika
    Omar Sheika is an American boxer of Palestinian descent. As of October 2010 he holds a professional record of 30 wins and 10 losses.-Amateur career:...

    , Professional Boxer
  • Salim Tuama
    Salim Tuama
    Salim Tuama is an Arab Israeli soccer player. He is a midfielder playing for Hapoel Tel Aviv who has in the past played for Standard Liège, Maccabi Petah Tikva, Kayserispor, Larissa and the youth club Gadna Tel Aviv Yehuda...

    , soccer player
  • Walid Badir
    Walid Badir
    Walid Badir is an Arab Israeli football player, currently playing as captain for Hapoel Tel Aviv.-Early career:Badir was recognized early on as a valuable prospect, and played for the youth clubs Hapoel Kafr Qasim and Hapoel Petah Tikva, and later was given a spot on second teams premier league...

    , soccer player, captain of Israeli team, Hapoel Tel Aviv
  • Ramsey Nijem
    Ramsey Nijem
    Ramsey Nijem is a Palestinian-American mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight and lightweight divisions. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Nijem has made a name for himself fighting in Utah. He was a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs...

    , MMA fighter, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos runner up

Other

  • Muhammad al-Durrah
    Muhammad al-Durrah
    The Muhammad al-Durrah incident took place in the Gaza Strip on September 30, 2000, on the second day of the Second Intifada, amid widespread rioting throughout the Palestinian territories...

     - 12-year old boy shot on the second day of the Al-Aqsa Intifada
    Al-Aqsa Intifada
    The Second Intifada, also known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada and the Oslo War, was the second Palestinian uprising, a period of intensified Palestinian-Israeli violence, which began in late September 2000...

  • Fatma Omar An-Najar
    Fatma Omar An-Najar
    Fatma Omar Juma was a 64-year-old Palestinian widow who blew herself up near Israeli troops sweeping through northern Gaza on November 23, 2006, wounding two soldiers. According to her oldest daughter, the Israelis military had destroyed her house, they killed her grandson and another grandson is...

     - 64-year old grandmother and oldest Palestinian suicide bomber
  • Faris Odeh
    Faris Odeh
    Faris Odeh was a Palestinian boy shot dead by the Israel Defense Forces near the Karni crossing in the Gaza Strip while throwing stones in the second month of the Al-Aqsa Intifada....

     - teenage boy shot while throwing stones
  • Rana Raslan
    Rana Raslan
    Rana Raslan is an Arab Israeli from Haifa who was named Miss Israel in 1999. She was the first, and so far the only, Arab Israeli to win this title...

     - 1999 Miss Israel
    Miss Israel
    -Winners:...

    contest winner

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