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Yasser Arafat

Charismatic leader, pivotal in Palestinian case and international recognition.

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Date of Birth:

1929

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Cairo, Egypt​​​​

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Why Featured?

Yasser Arafat was a central figure in the Palestinian liberation movement. As the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and leader of Fatah, he was instrumental in shaping the Palestinian national identity and struggle for statehood. His leadership included both armed resistance and diplomatic negotiations, most notably leading to the Oslo Accords, which were a significant step towards Palestinian self-rule.

Brief bio

Arafat was a leader who symbolized the Palestinian national movement. He co-founded Fatah and later became the chairman of the PLO. His tenure was marked by a blend of armed struggle and diplomatic efforts aimed at realizing Palestinian aspirations. Arafat's leadership was characterized by his commitment to the Palestinian cause, despite facing criticisms and controversies.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • 1959: Co-founded Fatah, a Palestinian guerrilla organization​​.

  • 1969: Became the chairman of the PLO​​.

  • 1974: Addressed the United Nations General Assembly advocating Palestinian rights​​.

  • 1993: Played a key role in the signing of the Oslo Accords​​.

  • 1974-1993: Recognized as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in various international forums​​​​​​.

  • PLO Chairmanship: His leadership of the PLO was pivotal in representing Palestinian interests on a global stage​​...See More

  • Oslo Accords: Facilitated the Oslo Accords, leading to the establishment of Palestinian self-rule in parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip​​...See More

  • International Advocacy: Arafat's extensive global advocacy efforts bolstered Palestinian recognition and support​​...See More

  • UN Address: His 1974 address to the UN General Assembly was a historic moment in Palestinian diplomatic efforts​​...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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