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Abdul-Halim Al-Ashqar
Sayda, Tulkarem, Palestine
(1958- )
Abdul-Halim Al-Ashqar - Born in Sayda, Tulkarem in 1958; BA in 1982 from Birzeit University, PhD in Business Administration from Mississippi University.
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Abdul-Halim Al-Ashqar

Born in Sayda, Tulkarem in 1958; studied at Birzeit University, where he was one of the leaders of the Islamic bloc, graduating with an BA in 1982; continued his studies in Greece, graduating with an MA in Business Management (1989); moved the same year to the US, where he gained a PhD in Business Administration from Mississippi University;

Professor at Howard University, Washington, US; deprived of returning by the Israeli Embassy in the US which refused to renew his travel document on the pretext that he spent over six years without returning to his hometown;

In 1998 and 1999, detained for several months by US authorities under allegations of fundraising for Islamic organizations in the US (he refused to testify before a US judicial commission on such a case); discharged from his teaching position at Washington University in Aug. 2004, arrested by US authorities, charged with racketeering and illegally collecting funds for Hamas, and put under house arrest in Alexandria, Virginia, since then;

Nominated himself as an independent running candidate in the 2005 PA elections following the passing away of Yasser Arafat; his sister in law assassinated while campaigning for him in Dec. 2004.

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