Once Upon a Time...

























President Mahmoud Abbas, was born in the city of Safad , in November 15th 1935.  In the aftermath of the Nakbeh ( Catastrophe ) of 1948 .

Mahmoud Abbas , along with his family and many Palestinians were forced to leave their home town and become refugees in Syria.

President Mahmoud Abbas, received his elementary education in Safad.  At the age of 13 he worked for two years to assist in providing his family and continued his education, studying at home.

He resumed his preparatory studies and continued until he finished his secondary studies. Abbas joined the Damascus University and received Law Degree in 1958 .

In 1982, he was awarded the Doctorate from Moscow.


President Abbas’s involvement in national and political activities began in the mid-fifties.

At the time Abbas and number of colleagues formed a secret organization, in the wake of which, the Palestinian National Liberation movement ‘’ Fateh’’ was formed.

Fateh was launched and came into being on Jan 1 1965.

In 1957, Mahmoud Abbas worked as director of employees affairs at the ministry of education in Qatar.

In this capacity, he managed to hire Palestinians from the west bank and Gaza to work in Qatar in various positions, particularly in education.


Abbas travelled frequently to these areas for this purpose.

In 1970, Abbas became fully involved in the national movement, in 1974; Abbas initiated the idea of holding contacts with Israelis. Those contacts were approved by the Palestinian National Council, and began the same year.

In 1978, he initiated the projects of ‘’twin cities ‘’ linking Palestinian cities with other Arab Cities.

Abbas represented the Palestinian side in signing the Oslo Agreement on the white house Lawn on September 13 1993

On behalf of PLO, Abbas signed the transition agreement in Washington Sep 23 1995


Official Positions Held:

§  Member of Fateh central council since 1964

§  Head of Fateh movement in 2004

§  Secretary General of the PLO (1996-2004)

§  Head of national and international relations department of the PLO ( 1984-2000)

§  Head of the Palestinian – Jordanian committee (1979-1981)

§  Head of the PLO negotiations Department ( 1974-2003)

§  Head of the central election committee ( 1996-2002)

§  Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority ( 2003)

§  Chairman of the Palestinian liberation organization (2004-present )

§  Elected president of the Palestinian national authority in Jan 19th 2005

§  Elected president of Palestine by the Palestine central council on October 14, 2008  


President Mahmoud Abbas authored more than 60 books in Arabic, titles of some:

§  The road to Oslo

§  From Oslo to Palestine

§  Three years after Oslo

§  A no return travel ticket

§  Israel and South Africa


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