(1947 - )
Born 1947 in al-Dura.Married with five children.
Law degree, Damascus University
Diploma in Media and Radio Broadcasting, Damascus University
For almost four decades, Mr. Amr has been involved in Palestinian politics,
serving as a media advisor to PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.
A journalist by training and occupation, Mr. Amr was founder and former
Editor-in-Chief of al-Hayat al-Jadida, the official newspaper
of the Palestinian Authority.
He was Director of the Palestinian Authority radio and TV organizations.
For more than 10 years he served as Director of the Voice of Palestine.
He was for some time the PLO ambassador to Moscow. Mr. Amr is a member of the Fatah party.
He is a member of the Palestinian negotiation team.
In 1996, Amr was elected to the Palestinian
Legislative Council, representing Doura, Hebron.
In 1998, he was appointed Palestinian Authority Cabinet member for Parliamentary
Affairs. He resigned in May 2002, citing differences with Arafat over
perceived corruption and chaos within the Palestinian Authority's judiciary
Amr has authored three books: Testimonies from the Battlefield,
chronicling the war in Beirut, 1000 Days in Moscow, chronicling
the fall of the former Soviet Union and The Days of Siege and Love.
Amr is best known for his public criticisms of Arafat and the Palestinian Authority in an Open letter to Mr. Arafat, published
in the al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper in September 2002.
Risking his life, Amr publicly criticized Arafat for not seriously
accepting international brokering for creation of a Palestinian state.
The letter reprimanded Arafat for boasting to the Palestinian people
that he did not give into any, not one, demand or concession for the
creation of the Palestinian state. While Arafat bragged about standing
resolute against concessions, the Palestinian people were left struggling
without independence. Mr. Amr made a point that in order to gain statehood,
perhaps some concessions could and should have been made.
As a result of his public criticism, Amr was called a traitor and his
home was shot at by members of the al-Aqsa
brigade, a faction of Fatah under Arafat's control. Neither he nor
his family was injured.
Amir appears to be a reasonable and balanced member of the new cabinet.
Amr is one of three, newly appointed PA
cabinet members who signed the 2001 joint Israeli-Palestinian declaration
"No to Bloodshed, No to Occupation, Yes to Negotiations, Yes to
Peace". Mr. Arafat's name is not listed.
Mr. Amr is an ally of Mr. Abbas.
Sources: IDF; WorldTribune.com, Feb. 2000; MiddleEastReference.org; IMRA.org,
Sept. 2002; AMIN.org, Palestine