Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
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1935 – Born on the 26th of March in Safed, Palestine.
1948 – His family became refugees during the war and settled in Syria.
– He graduated from the University of Damascus in Syria.
1950 – He became heavily involved in underground Palestinian politics, joining a number of exiled Palestinians
1957 – He was one of the founding members of Fatah.
1993 – He was the first Palestine Liberation Organization official to visit Saudi Arabia after the Gulf War in
2003 – His appointment as Palestinian Prime Minister, was heavily criticized as an example of Holocaust Denial.
– He served as the first Prime Minister of Palestinian Authority.
2005 – He was Elected President of the Palestinian National Authority on the 9th of January.
– He refused to disarm Palestinian militants and use force to act against groups of "terrorist
– on the 25th of July, He announced that he will move his office to Gaza until the complete withdrawal
of Israeli troops.
2006 – On the 16th of December, he called for new legislative elections, to bring an end to the parliamentary
stalemate between Fatah and Hamas in forming a national unity government.