George Antonius

(1891-1941)


Palestinian writer and politician; Greek-Orthodox Christian of Lebanese origin; born in 1891 in Cairo; graduate from Cambridge University in 1913; Deputy Press Censor in Alexandria during World War I; came to Palestine in 1921 and started civil service career in the Educa tion Department (1921) and the Secretariat (1927) of the British Mandate Executive; obtained Palestinian Citizenship in 1925; advisor to the Mufti; resigned from British service in 1930 in protest over British discrimination policy against Palestinians; began his work as Middle Eastern associate of C.R. Crane's Institute of Current World Affairs, New York; appeared before the Peel commission (1936-37); author of The Arab Awakening (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1938) a classic work on Arab nationalism; member of the Palestinian delegation at the London Conference, St. James's Palace, February 1939, functioning as secretary to the Palestinian delegation and Secretary General to the united Arab delegation; died in Jerusalem on December 27, 1941.


Source: PASSIA