Faisal Abdel Qader Al-Husseini
Al-Husseini was born in Baghdad, son of Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, commander of local Arab forces during the siege of 1948, grandson of Musa Kazim Pasha Al-Husseini, Mayor of Jerusalem and a relative of Haj Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. He studied in Cairo, Baghdad and Damascus. He was a founding member of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) in 1959.
Al-Husseini went to work for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) upon its establishment in Jerusalem, as deputy manager of the Public Organisation Dept, a post he filled from 1964 to 1965. He later received military training at the Damascus Military College, after which he joined the Palestinian Liberation Army in 1967.
In 1979, Al-Husseini founded and became chairman of the Arab Studies Society.
Israel, from 1982 to 1987, repeatedly placed him under house and city arrest. He was imprisoned several times from April 1987 to January 1989 but remained active in the First Intifada.
In 1982, he became a member of the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem. Subsequently, he served as a Palestinian spokesperson, head of the Jerusalem National Council/Palestine, member and later head of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference and subsequent talks, head of the Fatah faction in the West Bank, and Palestinian Authority Minister without Portfolio.
His last post was Palestinian Authority Minister for Jerusalem Affairs for which he was based in East Jerusalem. He died while he was trying to mend relations between the Kuwaiti government and the PLO, which were broken at the time of the 1991 Gulf War.
Al-Husseini was considered a pragmatist by journalists. He taught himself to speak Hebrew and regularly appeared in radio and television shows in Israel to explain the Palestinians' point of view.
Husseini died of a heart attack in Kuwait on May 31, 2001. Following Husseini's death, Israeli police seized his headquarters, the Orient House. Husseini was buried in a family tomb near the Dome of the Rock, in a funeral attended by thousands.
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- "The Middle East Talks; Top Palestinian Adviser Is Fought by 2 Extremes". The New York Times. 1991-10-26. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Husseini, Feisal (December 2000). Wendy Kristianasen (trans.). "Failed compromise at Camp David". Le Monde diplomatique. Paris, France. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Husseini, Faisal (2001-03-24). "Searching for the Path Forward". Media Monitors Network. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Usher, Graham (Winter–Spring 2001). "Mourning the 'Son of Jerusalem': Faisal al-Husseini". Jerusalem Quarterly File (11–12). Archived from the original on October 19, 2015. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Dan Ephron, ISRAEL POLICE STRIKE AT BASE FOR ARAFAT'S HOPES IN JERUSALEM ORIENT HOUSE SEIZURE DENOUNCED BY ARABS, Boston Globe, 10 August 2001
- Deborah Sontag, A Funeral in Jerusalem Arouses Palestinian Nationalism, The New York Times, 2 June 2001, p6.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Faisal Husseini on Charlie Rose
- Works by or about Faisal Husseini in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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