Personalities - Alphabetical Listing


MADHI, MU'IN ( - 1957)

From "Ijzim" - Haifa District. He was one of those, Received his education in al-Asitana. Occupied various administrative positions during the Othoman era. He represented Palestine in the Syrian Conference that declared the Independence of Syria in 1920. Mu'in was always part of the National Movement. He was one of the founders of the "Arab Palestinian Independence Party". He died in Damascus in 1957.



MAHMUD, ABD AL- RAHIM (1913-1948)

Poet from Anabta, near Tulkarem; joined the Palestinian police 1932/33; resigned and participated in the Arab revolt of 1936; killed in the Al-Shajara battle on June 13, 1948.


MASRI, HIKMAT (1906-1994)

Businessman from Nablus; member of the Jordainian Parliament (Upper House) 1967-1971; elected as a member of Jordanian parliament and its speaker in the 1950s; member of various Jordanian cabinets (Minister of Agriculture 1953-1954) and the chamber of deputies in the 1950s; elected to serve as PLO vice-president in 1964; head of board of trustees of An-Najah University in Nablus 1972-1944. Died on December 12, 1994.



Born in Nablus 1934; early education at An-Najah School, Nablus, then pursued higher education in the field of Petro-Geology in Texas, US; graduated with an MA and began a successful career, establishing large enterprises in various countries around the world. In 1970, became Cabinet Minister in Jordan. Returned to Nablus after the signing of the Oslo Accords; became member of the Palestinian Central Council, director of the Palestinian Development and Investment Co. (PADICO) in Nablus, and deputy chairman at the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF). Has been involved in establishing the Al-Quds University Investment Fund; member of the Board of Trustees of Al-Quds University; chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah; (co-)sponsor of a number of academic and charitable organizations in Nablus, incl. helping in the establishment of the Engineering and Technology College at An-Najah University (named after him). Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Beirut (AUB). Initiated Nablus Rehabilitation Committee during the second Intifada (since Sept. 2000), aimed at rebuilding houses destroyed by the Israeli army); established the EDGO Management Group, serving as its Board Chairman. Politically seen as a moderate and an Arafat confidante; was traded as a candidate for the position of PA Prime Minister in March 2003 (a post that was eventually handed to Mahmoud Abbas).




AL-MASRI, ZAFER (1940-1986)

Zafer Masri was born in Nablus in 1941, where he lived and completed his secondary education. He went on to complete a degree in Business Administration at the American University in Beirut in 1964 and returned to Nablus to manage the businesses and affairs of the family in the West Bank. In 1972 he married Raghda Nabulsi, a daughter of a prominent Palestinian family.

Zafer was elected head of the Chamber of Commerce in 1972, the youngest member ever to hold this post in the history of the city. In the 1976 municipal elections he was elected Deputy Mayor of Nablus. He held both posts until 1982, when the Israeli government dissolved the municipal board placing the city under martial law, leaving the city without local leadership for three and a half years.

In 1985, the PLO took steps to reestablish local control over the affairs of the cities of the West Bank including Nablus. In a solution based on the Jordanian laws governing municipality affairs and proposed by a senior PLO official, Khalil al Wazir (Abu Jihad), the Chamber of Commerce took over management of the municipality until new elections could be held. As a result, Zafer Masri, as leader of the Chamber, became the de-facto Mayor of Nablus.

This direction was opposed by a Syrian based hard-line PFLP faction who signaled their rejection with the assassination of Zafer Masri on 2 March 1986 shortly before the start of the Palestinian intifada.
His Funeral was attended by more than 200 thousand people and was a mark in the history of the city of Nablus. He will always be a patriotic martyr.

In addition to his civic activities, Zafer al Masri was known for his generosity and was referred to as “Father of the Poor.” His philanthropic activities are continued today through the Zafer Masri Foundation serving the citizens of Nablus and Palestine.





Feminist leader; author of The Arab Women and the Palestinian Problem (London: Herbert Joseph, 1937); spoke at the Mosque of the Dome of the Rock during the Arab Womens March to holy sites on April 15, 1933, warning of the future ramifications for Palestine if the Arab population was outnumbered by Jewish immigrants.




A resident of Ramallah. He emigrated to the US, prior to WW1, and studied law. He retired to Palestine after the war and practiced law. He contributed to the National Movement. When the "National Defense Party" was formed after 1934, he became its secretary. Maghnam died in Jerusalem at the end of WW2. His wife "Matil To'meh" was also active in the women's movement and she wrote "The Arab Woman", in English. It was the first such book in Palestine.




Born in Haifa and grew up there. Then he moved to Jerusalem where he died early 1948. He was a historian and researcher in ancient Islamic 'manuscripts' and antiquities. He collected a rare and rich library which was moved to a monastery in Jerusalem, but stolen during the 1948 war by the Jews. He supervised the work of the Islamic Waqf in Palestine. He published his research work in "al-Muqtabas" Magazine, published by his friend Mohammed Kurd 'Ali in Damascus. He was a member of the Scientific Society in Damascus.




A member of the Islamic Council and the Mufti of Haifa. He graduated from al-Azhar. He headed a fund-raising delegation to India in 1923 to renovate al-Aqsa Mosque. He headed another Islamic delegation to al-Hijaz, in the same year.




Born in Jerusalem; before World War I a supporter of Ottoman patriotism; later more critical and exiled to Damascus for extremist agitation; among those who set up Al-Jam'iyya al-Filastiniyya (The Palestinian Society) in Damascus in 1919, the aim of which was to promote the Palestinian cause and to enlist the support of the Arabs in Syria and Palestine; member and president of the Nadi al-Arabi group in Damascus and later active in Jerusalem (its president in 1923); member of the Arab Executive and one of its leaders; demanded a policy of non-cooperation with the British government and called for civil disobedience; leading figure of the boycott, initiated by the Arab Executive, the MCA and others, of the 1923 elections to the Legislative Council set up by the British; elected representative to the 5th (August 1922, Nablus) and 6th (June 1923, Jaffa) Congress of the Arab Executive Committee for Jerusalem and to the 7th (June 1928) for Safed; imprisoned by British for organizing and participating in the Jaffa demonstrations in 1933 against Jewish immigration to Palestine; later offered release for good behaviour, but refused (was the only one of the accused offered release) and stayed 6 months in jail; died in 1949 in Amman.



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