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.