Anwar Nusseibeh

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Anwar Nusseibeh (1913 - 1986) was a Palestinian nationalist who believed in maintaining Arab consensus, on the grounds that Arab unity was more important than the individual differences. He also believed in immersing oneself and fully participating in whatever system holds power, in order to advance the cause of Palestinian nationalism -- hence his participation in Jordanian politics 1948-67. He encouraged his son, Sari Nusseibeh, to interact with Jews and Israelis after the Israeli occupation began in 1967.

Land Officer of Jerusalem, 1936. Cabinet Secretary of the first and only All-Palestine Government, formed by Haj Amin Husseini in Gaza, 1948. Following Jordanian occupation of West Bank, elected in 1950 as a Palestinian representative to the lower house (Chamber of Deputies) of the Jordanian Parliament. September 1952, appointed to the Jordanian Cabinet (Minister of Development and Reconstruction, later Minister of Defence and Minister of Education). 1963, appointed to the Upper House (Senate), and Ambassador to the United Kingdom, by King Hussein. Appointed Governor of Jerusalem, 1965. He was the Jordanian minister of defence during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Died on 24 November 1986 in Jerusalem. Buried within the confines of Haram as-Sharif.

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