ABDUL HADI, SALIM AHMAD (1870-1915)

Founder of the Decentralisation Party

Born in Jenin in 1870; educated in Jenin and Nablus; worked as a judge before resigning in order to work in agriculture; member of the Administrative Council of Jenin; founded the Decentralisation Party in Cairo in 1912, demanding autonomy for the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire; founded a Palestinian section of that party in the Haifa-Jenin area in 1913; belonged to the 1st Arab nationalist group (11 martyrs), who were executed by the Ottoman military governor of Syria, Jamal Pasha, in Beirut on 21 Aug. 1915 for membership in the Decentralisation Party, which demanded autonomy for the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire.

Salim Ahmad Abdul Hadi