Born in 1955, Hiribya. Married with four children.
Minister of Health
Diploma in Teaching, Ramallah Teacher's College
Shirafi was a prominent member of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In 1996, he was elected as an Independent, to the Palestine Legislative Council representing Jabalya, Gaza. In 1998, he became a member of the PLC Legislative Council, and the Chairman of the Overseeing Committee of the Legislative Council. He briefly served as Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Public Freedoms. In April 2003, he was appointed Minister of Health in the Palestinian Authority.
Shirafi has a varied background of contrasting positions. He has been a Chairman of the Human Rights and Public Freedoms committee, yet it's been reported that Shirafi was an observer to capitol punishment executions in Jabalya.
Shirafi was elected as an independent to the PLC, yet he appears to have a bias that leans far left. Mr. Shirafi has called upon Arafat to halt the arrests of opposition leaders, and has requested the lifting of the house arrest imposed upon Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas.
Even stranger for a former physician and surgeon, Shirafi has been quoted as saying that "all options are open" under occupation. This language may be interpreted as an endorsement of suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.
He's been imprisoned in Israel on numerous occasions.
Mr. Shirafi is a member of Al-Mezan Center, a Palestinian Human Rights organization that uses inflammatory language and graphic pictures that many feel incites hatred against Israel.
Source: Palestine Media Center; PNA.org; MiddleEastReference.org.uk; PHRMG.org; Mezan.org; JMCC.org; Islam-online.net; PalestinianRefugees.com