ABDUL RAZZEQ, OMAR (1960-)

PA Minister of Finance

Born in Salfit in 1960; earned a PhD in Economy from the University of Iow in 1986a; received several awards and honors for his writings and research, incl. the Abdul Hamid Shoman Award for Arab Young Scholars in Social Sciences (1991); has worked as researcher at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) in Ramallah worked as Professor of Economics at An-Najah University in Nablus; was arrested twice by the Israelis and held in administrative detention; upon his release in March 2006, he was appointed PA Minister of Finance in March 2006; was arrested (along with other PA ministers and PLC members) in an Israeli military sweep against Hamas on 29 June 2006, and is still imprisoned as of July 2006.

OMAR ABDUL RAZZEQ