The President


President Yasser Arafat, President of the PLO's Executive Committee and of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). 

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President Yasser Arafat

Mohammed Yasser Abdul-Ra’ouf Qudwa Al-Husseini .
Date and Place of Birth
24 August 1929, in Gaza Strip.
Marital Status
Married to Mrs. Suha At-Taweel, they have a 2-year old daughter, Zahwa.
Bachelor Degree in Architecture Engineering from King Fuad University, Egypt in 1951. 

In 1958, he left Egypt to Kuwait where he worked as an engineer and met with Abu Jihad. In Kuwait, he discussed the idea of establishing “Fatah” the Palestinian National Liberation Movement. After that he, returned to Palestine where he met with a group of Palestinian activists and founded Fatah Movement on the 1st of January 1965.
 He stayed in Jerusalem until 1967, then he left to Jordan. He secretly returned to Palestine 3 times.
 He led Al-Karamah battle in 1968 with his Palestinian colleagues in Fatah where the Palestinian resistance won the battle against the Israelis.
 He was elected as Chairman for the Executive Committee of the PLO in 1969 to be the 3rd chairman after Ash-Shuqiri and Yahya Hamoda. He is still the chairman of the committee until the present time.
 In the aftermath of September war 1969 in Jordan, he moved to Lebanon and remained there until 1982 when Beirut was under siege for three months by the Israeli army who failed to conquer the PLO. After that he left Beirut to Tunisia.
 In 1987, the Palestinian Intifada erupted in the occupied Palestinian territories and lasted until 13 September 1993 when President Arafat signed the Declaration of Principles agreement in Washington with the late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin.
 On 4 May 1994 President Arafat signed the Cairo agreement with Rabin.
 On July 1994, he entered Gaza after 27 years in the Diaspora.
 In 1994, President Arafat was awarded the Nobel peace prize which he shared with the late PM Rabin and Mr. Shimon Peres.
 In 1995 he signed the Taba agreement.
 On 20 January, he was elected President of the Palestinian National Authority in the first general free elections for the Palestinian people on its land where he took 83% of the votes.


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