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.
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.
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,
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
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.