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Ahmad Shuqeiri

(1907 - 1980)

Born in 1908 in Acre; studied at the Jerusalem Law School and the American University of Beirut; in the early 1930s opposition leader in the north of Palestine; member of the Istiqlal Party; head of a Palestinian propaganda office in the USA in 1945 (later in Jerusalem); member of the Arab Higher Committee in 1946; member of the Syrian delegation to the United Nations 1949-50; assistant secretary general of the Arab League in charge of Palestinian affairs 1951-57; Saudi Arabian Minister of State for UN affairs and Ambassador to the UN 1957-62; in 1963 appointed by the Arab League as Palestinian representative to the Arab League (replacing Ahmad Hilmi who died); drew the first draft of the Palestinian National Charter which became the basic law for the establishment of the PLO; first President of the PLO (1964-67); formed the Palestinian Liberation Army; died in 1980 in Amman; published memoirs Forty Years of Arab and International Life (Beirut, 1969. In Arabic).

Sources: PASSIA