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Haidar Abdel-Shafi

Stalwart of Palestinian Rights

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Date of Birth:



Gaza, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Tireless Advocate for Justice and Peace

Brief bio

Haidar Abdel-Shafi was a prominent Palestinian leader and physician, renowned for his unwavering dedication to the Palestinian cause. As the head of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991, Abdel-Shafi played a pivotal role in representing Palestinian interests on the international stage. His leadership and integrity made him a respected figure both within Palestine and globally.

Major Milestones


  • Educational Pursuits: Graduated with an M.D. from the American University of Beirut in 1943.

  • Medical and Community Service: Established the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Gaza in 1972, providing crucial medical services to the community.

  • Political Leadership: Led the Palestinian delegation at the Madrid Conference in 1991, marking a significant moment in Palestinian diplomatic history.

  • Legislative Role: Elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1996, receiving the highest number of votes as a representative for Gaza.

  • Advocacy for Transparency: Resigned from the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1997 in protest against corruption and the Oslo Accords' failure to address key issues such as Israeli settlements.

  • Healthcare Development: Played a key role in improving healthcare services in Gaza, particularly through his work with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

  • Diplomatic Negotiations: Actively participated in peace negotiations, striving for a fair and just resolution to the Israeli occupation of Palestine...See More

  • Political Reforms: Advocated for significant political reforms within the Palestinian Authority to enhance governance and reduce corruption.

  • Public Engagement: Frequently engaged with the public to discuss and reflect on the ongoing peace process, ensuring community voices were heard...See More

  • Educational Impact: Contributed to the education of future Palestinian leaders and healthcare professionals through his various roles in public service and healthcare management.

Date of Last Update: 
July 8, 2024

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