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Mustafa Barghouti

Prominent leader, physician, and activist

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Mustafa Barghouti is a significant figure in Palestinian politics and civil society, known for his advocacy for democratic governance, non-violent resistance, and his work in healthcare. As a co-founder of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) and a key figure in Palestinian politics, his contributions have been vital in shaping Palestinian policy and resistance strategies.

Brief bio

Mustafa Barghouti is a physician, politician, and a leader in Palestinian civil society. He is the General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) and has been an influential voice in Palestinian politics. As a trained physician, he has also made significant contributions to healthcare in Palestine through the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.

Major Milestones


  • Born in Jerusalem (1954): Barghouti was born in Jerusalem and spent his childhood in Ramallah.

  • Medical Career: He studied medicine in Moscow and practiced medicine in Palestine for 18 years.

  • Founding of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (1979): Co-founded the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, which provides healthcare services to Palestinians.

  • Political Involvement in the First Intifada (1987-1993): Barghouti was active during the first Intifada and participated in the 1991 Madrid Conference.

  • Presidential Candidacy (2005): Ran for president in the 2005 Palestinian national elections, coming in second after Mahmoud Abbas.

  • Advocacy for Democratic Governance: As part of the PNI, Barghouti advocates for improved governance within the Palestinian Authority and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state...See More

  • Promotion of Non-Violent Resistance: Advocates peaceful resistance to the occupation and has been a proponent of non-violent protest...See More

  • Contribution to Palestinian Healthcare: Through the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, Barghouti has significantly contributed to primary healthcare services in Palestine.

  • Political Leadership: As a leader in the PNI, he has been a key voice in shaping Palestinian politics and representing Palestinian interests.

  • International Recognition: Barghouti is recognized internationally for his political activities and his stance on human rights and internal democracy.

Date of Last Update: 
January 16, 2024

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