Ziad Abu Amr

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Ziad Abu Amr ( Arabic زياد أبو عمرو, DMG Ziyād Abū ʿAmr ; * 1950 in Gaza ) is a Palestinian politician, author and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council . He was Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority from March 18, 2007 to June 17, 2007 and has been Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture of the State of Palestine since June 2, 2014 .


Abu Amr was born in Gaza City in 1950 and later studied at Damascus University in Syria , where he obtained a bachelor's degree in English literature and language. He received a Masters and PhD in Comparative Politics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC After teaching in Bahrain , Oman and Syria, he began teaching Political Science at Birzeit University in Ramallah in 1985. Abu Amr is married and has four children.

Political career

As an independent candidate in the Palestinian parliamentary elections of 1996, he won a seat on the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Gaza City. During this time he was chairman of the PLC's political committee.

From April to October 2003 he was Minister of Culture in the government of Prime Minister (now President) Mahmoud Abbas .

In the parliamentary elections on January 25, 2006, he was re-elected with 5,748 votes.

After a violent conflict in the Palestinian territories in spring 2007, Hamas member Ismail Haniya became prime minister in a new government of national unity with Abu Amr as foreign minister. The cabinet was ratified by the PLC on March 18, 2007. In June 2007, Hamas forcibly took control of the Gaza Strip, which led to a split in the Palestinian Territories . Prime Minister Haniyya was dismissed by President Mahmud Abbas on June 14, 2007 and the government was dissolved. Salam Fayyad, whose emergency cabinet was sworn in on June 17, 2007, was appointed as his successor.

After negotiations between Hamas and Fatah , a new unity government of the State of Palestine was presented on June 2, 2014 , with Abu Amr as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Culture.

He is with many political associations, including the Palestine Center in Washington, DC, the Palestinian Council on Foreign Relations, and MIFTAH, a Palestinian civil rights organization.

Political attitudes and views

Abu Amr is a reformer and part of the "young guard" of the Palestinian leadership. He has been critical of the Palestinian Authority Administration and Security Services from time to time. He mediated talks between the two most important Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah and is widely recognized by both groups.


  • Islamic Fundamentalism in the West Bank and Gaza. Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Jihad . Indiana University Press, 1994. ISBN 0-253-20866-1 .

See also

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.manifeste.ch Ziad Abu Amr - Le Manifeste: Mouvement pour une Paix Juste et durable au Proche-Orient ( Memento of October 6, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) English, accessed: July 14, 2016
  2. http://www.jmcc.org The PA Ministerial Cabinet List of April 2003 - Jerusalem Media & Communication Center ( Memento of October 4, 2009 in the Internet Archive ). Accessed: July 14, 2016
  3. http://news.bbc.co.uk Profiles: Palestinian unity government - BBC News of March 20, 2007 English, Accessed: January 26, 2009
  4. Elections.ps Final results for the electoral districts - Central Elections Commission-Palestine ( Memento of October 29, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) PDF, English, accessed: July 14, 2016