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Samiha Khalil

Influential Humanitarian, Political, Cultural Leader

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Date of Birth:



Anabta, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Pioneering contributions to humanitarian aid, women's rights, and Palestinian political activism.

Brief bio

Samiha Khalil, born in Anabta, was a prominent Palestinian humanitarian, activist, and politician. Renowned for her extensive relief work, leadership in women's organizations, and political involvement, she became a symbol of resilience and dedication to Palestinian rights and culture.

Major Milestones


  • Foundation of Arab Women’s Union (1952): Pioneered women's empowerment and social assistance.

  • Leadership in Demonstrations against the Baghdad Pact (1956): Played a key role in organizing and leading significant protests.

  • Election to the National Guidance Committee (1979): Served as the only woman on this highest Palestinian authority inside Palestine.

  • House Arrest and International Representation (1980s): Despite Israeli restrictions, represented Palestinian women globally.

  • Presidential Candidacy (1996): Ran against Yasser Arafat, highlighting democratic values in Palestinian politics.

  • Humanitarian Aid and Relief Work: Lifelong commitment to aiding refugees and the destitute.

  • Cultural Preservation and Education: Founded the Committee for Social Research and Heritage, focusing on Palestinian culture.

  • Political Activism and Leadership: Significant contributions to Palestinian political movements and organizations.

  • Advocacy for Gender Equality: Championed women's rights and empowerment throughout her life.

  • Literary Contributions: Authored zajal poetry and political and social articles, enriching Palestinian literature.

Date of Last Update: 
January 13, 2024

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