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Yasser Arafat
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Yasser Arafat - Elected president of the Palestinian Authority in public elections, with 88% of the votes in Jan. 20, 1996.
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Yasser Arafat

Born : August 24, 1929; Cairo, Egypt


  • Degree in engineering, University of Fuad I (now Cairo Univ.), 1956

Early Years

Recent Years

  • Signed draft agreement with Israel providing a Palestinian self-rule in Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho 1993 Awarded Nobel Peace Prize along with Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres,1994.

Yasser Arafat Biography

1929, August 24: Born in Cairo, Egypt. Place of birth is not certain, other sources state Jerusalem or Gaza. During his childhood Arafat lived in both Cairo and Jerusalem.
1947: In the wars with the Jews , Arafat fought on the side of the grand mufti of Jerusalem.
1948: Fled Palestine, after the establishment of Israel. He settled in Cairo where he started studying engineering at University of Cairo.
1952: He joined the Muslim B Brotherhood and Union of Palestinian Students, where he became president.
1956: Moved to Kuwait , where he worked as an engineer, and established his own entrepreneur company.
1957: Started Al Fatah. Al Fatah conducted several attacks into Israel.
1968: Al Fatah was linked to PLO.
1969: Elected chairman of PLO. Worked on bringing PLO from Pan-arabism to Palestinian nationalism.
1974: Held a speech in front of the General Assembly in UN.
1982: PLO had to move from Lebanon. after Israel attacked the country.Moved the headquarters to Tunisia.
1988, Nov. 15: State of Palestine proclaimed at a meeting in Algiers, Algeria.
1989: Elected president of State of Palestine by the Central Council of the Palestine National Council.
1991: USA-led talks begin Madrid, but lead nowhere.
1993: Oslo agreement brings the peace process a giant leap forward . The content is a "land for peace" principle.
1993: Arafat recognized Israel's right to existence.
1994: Israeli forces withdrew from Gaza strip and Jericho in May . Arafat came home in July.
1996: Jan. 20 Elected president of the Palestinian Authority in public elections, with 88% of the votes.

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