Abu Kweik, Samih (QADRI) (1941-)

Member of the former Central Committee of the Fatah movement

Born in 1941; Ba‘athist, who joined Fateh in the early 1960s; member of the Fateh Revolutionary Council from 1968-1983; became Fateh’s Secretary for the regional command in Jordan in 1969 (briefly replaced by Hani Al-Hassan in early 1970); was an assistant to Salah Khalaf in Fateh’s Jordan Bureau; leader of Fateh’s leftist branch; elected to the Fateh Central Committee in 1980 (until 1983); elected member of the PLO Central Council from 1980-1984; outspoken Arafat critic who supported, along with Nimr Saleh, a memorandum presented in Jan. 1983 by Sa‘id Musa Muragha (Abu Musa) to the Fateh Revolutionary Council in Aden, strongly criticizing the political direction of the movement, incl. the Fez Summit resolutions, the PLO-Jordanian dialogue, and PLO contacts with Egypt and the Israeli peace camp (leading to the formation of the Fateh Uprising group); his Fateh membership was subsequently suspended; merged with the Abu Nidal group to take charge of the Anti-Arafat dissident movement, but the alliance ended quickly when Syria seized their office and exiled the supporters; left politics in the 1980s; runs a law office in Damascus.