(1934 - )
Born 1934 or 1939, near Tulkarm. Married with four children.
Mr. Balawi holds diplomas in Administration, Journalism
Mr. Balawi was the Palestinian ambassador to Libya from 1973 -75, and was later appointed ambassador to Tunisia from 1983 - 1994. Upon his return to the territories, he served as secretary
of the National Security Council 1994 - 1996. He's been a member of
the Fatah Central Committee
In 2001, Mr. Balawi was assigned a role to closely
watch the West Bank Fatah group
in order to retain some control over the local autonomous leaders.
Mr. Balawi is also the Secretary of the Union of Palestinian
Journalists and Writers.
There is not much written about Mr. Balawi prior to
this year. His role in Palestinian politics appears to be mostly diplomatic
and administrative; however, a few points should be noted.
In 2001 Mr. Balawi signed the Joint Israeli-Palestinian
Declaration "No to Bloodshed, No to Occupation, Yes to Negotiations,
Yes to Peace". He is one of twenty-four well known Palestinians
signing their name to the document proposing negotiation instead of terrorism to resolve
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr.
Arafat's name is not listed.
Although Mr. Balawi signed an important document made
public to the international community, Mr. Balawi's opponents will cite
his involvement for financing terrorist attacks against Israel through Marwan Barghouti, the
West Bank's Fatah leader. Mr. Barghouti, a known terrorist recently
captured by Israel, has recently confessed to Israeli Shin Bet security
services, that money requests for terrorist activities were given to
Arafat, and the money was transferred to the terrorists by Mr. Balawi.
Mr. Balawi is said to be an ally to Yasser
Arafat and was appointed Interior Minister after a power struggle
between Ahmed Korrie and Yasser Arafat.
Sources: MiddleEastReference.org, Ha' aretz Daily, Australian Jewish
Democratic Society, IMRA, Jerusalem