(1961 - )
Born 1961, Khan Yuni camp, Gaza (now Nitzanim). Mr. Dahlan is married with three children.
BA in Business Administration, Islamic University
Mr. Dahlan was a founding member of the Fatah Youth
Association in 1981. He is a Fatah party member. In 1994, Mr. Dahlan headed the Preventive Security Forces
in Gaza. Dahlan angered Arafat in November 2001 by expressing dissatisfaction
over the lack of a coherent policy during the current uprising. He was
also criticized by human rights groups for his methods during past crackdowns
on Islamic militants.
Dahlan resigned in June 2002 over disagreements with Arafat to reform the Palestinian
Authority. He attempted to gather support for an electoral challenge
to Arafat, but stopped, out of loyalty to Palestinians, when the Bush
administration demanded a change in PA leadership in July of the same
Before his resignation from the PA in June 2002, Mr.
Dahlan was a frequent member on negotiating teams for security issues.
He was a negotiator at the Camp
David summit in 2000.
Mr. Dahlan has been arrested eleven times by the Israelis
for his involvements as the Gaza leader of the Fatah Shabiba (youth)
movement. The arrests occurred between the years 1981 - 1986. Dahlan
was a student leader in the Palestinian intifada of the 1980s. In 1988, he was deported to Jordan and later went to Tunis where he continued to orchestrate the protesters
and won Arafat's confidence.. Mr. Dahlan returned to Gaza in 1994. Upon his return to Gaza in 1994, he enjoyed a wave of popular
Mr. Dahlan favors the creation of a unitary security
apparatus under the authority of one person, which President Bush and
the Israelis also want to see established.
Although he has been highly sought after by Mr.
Abbas to join the new cabinet because of his experience and reform
ideas, Mr. Dahlan carries baggage that opponents will use against him.
Mr. Dahlan has been accused of using custom cell phone technology to
stage terrorism strikes
from secure distances; eliminating the need for suicide bombers. Prime
Minister Sharon has blamed
him for the attack on a bus in Gaza in Nov. 2000.
Sources: The Guardian, Gamla.org, San Francisco Jewish Community Publications,
MiddleEastReference.org, MIRA, MSNBC,
(December 6, 2001)