Born in 1933; brother of Yasser Arafat; studied Medicine at Cairo University, 1950-57; practiced as pediatrician in Cairo hospitals, then in Kuwait (from 1962) and Jordan (from 1967);
Became a member of the PNC in 1967; President of Palestine General Union of Physicians and Pharmacists since 1968; Vice-Pres. of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) since 1968 and Pres. since 1978;
In 1972, Honorary Secretary of the Executive Board of the Council of Arab Ministers of Health; in 1982, elected Vice-President, Council of Ministers of Public Health of the Non-Aligned Countries; since 1982 Chief Delegate for Palestine to the World Health Organization in Geneva;
Since 1992 President of the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology (formerly Palestine Academy for Scientific Research), and Pres. of the Palestine Higher Health Council;
Died in Cairo on 1 December 2004.