(1954 - )
Born 1954, Nablus. Married with three children.
B.A. Economics and Business Administration, Birzeit
University, West Bank
M.A. in Development Studies, Manchester University, United Kingdom
Mr. Khatib is pursuing a doctorate in Middle East Politics at the University
of Durham, United Kingdom
As an active member of PNF, Mr. Khatib was in Israeli
detention from 1974 - 1977.
Khatib was a member of the Palestinian delegation to
the Madrid Peace process in
1991, and he was involved in the Washington negotiations from 1991-1993.
Khatib is Director of the Jerusalem Media and Communications
Center, a non-governmental organization that conducts public opinion
polls and provides media support to journalists in the Palestinian Territories.
He is also Director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University
A long-time advocate of Palestinian-Israeli dialogue,
Khatib is the Co-founder and Director of BitterLemons.org,
a Palestinian-Israeli Internet-based political magazine. He is also
a member of the Editorial Board of the Israel-Palestine Journal,
a political journal offering Palestinian and Israeli perspectives.
Khatib is the President of the Board of Directors
of the Arab Development Center, an agricultural development organization;
a member of the Advisory Board of Palestinian Politics; a member of
the Board of Trustees of the Democracy and Workers Rights Center
and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends Schools in Palestine.
He was a lecturer at Birzeit Universitys Cultural Studies Program.
Khatib was a signatory on the December 2001 statement
criticizing the Palestinian Authority's arrest of leftist activists.
Khatib is the Palestinian People's Party representative
to the Palestinian Authority. He was appointed Palestinian Authority
Minister of Labor in June 2002, the first Labor Minister of the PA.
Mr. Khatib retains the position in the new PA cabinet.
Given the professional interest Khatib has invested
in bridging Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, one might assume Khatib is
like minded to Nabil Amr and Hakam Balawi. But, unlike
his two journalist colleagues in the new PA cabinet, Khatib did not
sign the 2001 Joint Israeli-Palestinian Declaration "No to Bloodshed,
No to Occupation, Yes to Negotiations, Yes to Peace."
Another distinction is that Mr. Khatib represents the
Palestinian People's Party, a communist party with headquarters in Ramallah,
in the West Bank. He is also
secular member of the Palestinian
It has been written that Prime Minister Abu
Mazen "has sought to demote him to the position of Tourism
Media Center; MiddleEastReference.org.uk;
World Socialist Web Site; CPUSA.org;
RamallahOnline, (May 7, 2003); IAP.org,
(June 3, 2002)