Interior Minister of the Palestinian National Authority

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The Interior Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority is the branch of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) cabinet in charge of the security and the statistics of the population of the Palestinian National Authority. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) is a sub-branch of the Interior Ministry that has the responsibility for the population and economic statistics of the Palestinian territories. Since Hamas' takeover of Gaza, the position of the Interior Ministry within the Palestinian Security Services is unclear.

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History[edit]

In 2006, the Israeli Defense Forces struck the office building of the Interior Ministry multiple times as a part of a bombing campaign in Gaza. The attacks were in response to the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier.[1]

In June 2007, the office in Gaza was taken by Said Seyam as part of the Hamas government of June 2007. Fathi Hamad took office in January 2009, following assassination of Said Seyam on 15 January 2009 during the Gaza War. In August 2012, following government reshuffle by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyye, Fathi Hamad remained in position.

Table of Interior Ministers in the Palestinian Authority[edit]

# Name Party Time in Office
1 Yasser Arafat [2] Fatah July 1994 - 1998
2 Ahmad Tamimi [3] 1998 -
3 Abdel Razzak El-Yehya [4]

(Abdul al-Razzaq al-Yahia)

PLO/Independent June 2002 - October 2002
4 Hani al-Hasan [5] Fatah October 2002 - April 2003
5 Mahmoud Abbas * [6][7][8] Fatah April 2003 - September 2003
6 [9] **

Nasser Yousef was nominated, [10][11] but not appointed.[12] ***

Fatah October 2003 - November 2003
7 Hakam Balawi [13] Fatah November 2003 - February 2005?
8 Nasser Yousef [14] Fatah February 2005 - March 2006
9 Said Seyam Hamas March 2006 - March 2007
10 Hani Talab al-Qawasmi [15] **** Hamas/Independent
(unity government)
March 2007 - April 2007
Parallel governments
11 Rami Hamdallah [16] Fatah/Independent
(unity government) [17]
2 June 2014 -
* Mohammed Dahlan, former Preventive Security Director in the Gaza Strip became Minister of State for Security Affairs

** Emergency government appointed by Presidential Decree
*** Yousef refused to be sworn in without a vote of confidence from the PLC
**** al-Qawasmi resigned on 23 April 2007 over lack of support for his reform plans for the security services.[18]

Table of Interior Ministers in West Bank[edit]

# Name Party Time in Office
1 Abdel Razzak El-Yehya [19]

(Abdul al-Razzaq al-Yahia)

PLO/Independent June 2007 - July 2007
2 Abdel Razzak El-Yehya [20] PLO/Independent July 2007 - May 2009
3 Said Abu Ali [21] Fatah May 2009 - June 2013
4 Said Abu Ali [22] Fatah June 2013 - June 2014

Table of Interior Ministers in Gaza[edit]

# Name Party Time in Office
1 Said Seyam Hamas June 2007 - 15 January 2009
2 Fathi Hamad[23][24] Hamas April 2009 - June 2014

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Israel hits Palestinian Interior Ministry. CNN, 5 July 2006
  2. ^ "So, what were we doing about it?"—Birzeit Diary, Nigel Parry, 26 June 1996
  3. ^ Former PNA Government 1998 - 2001, JMCC
  4. ^ PNA Government June - october 2002, JMCC
  5. ^ Former PA Government. October 2002 - April 2003 , JMCC
  6. ^ The PA Ministerial Cabinet List April 2003 - October 2003, JMCC
  7. ^ Officials 'not sure' if Arafat will accept Abbas resignation. AP, 7 September 2003
  8. ^ Arafat vs Abbas. Al-Ahram Weekly, 17–23 July 2003, Issue No. 647
  9. ^ The PA Ministerial Cabinet List Emergency Cabinet October 2003 - November 2003. JMCC. Archived on 5 September 2006
  10. ^ Presidential Decree No. ( ) of 2003, JMCC
  11. ^ New Palestinian Cabinet OK'd. Ellen Crean, Associated Press, 29 September 2003
  12. ^ Palestinian designate: Future as PM uncertain. CNN, 12 October 2003
  13. ^ The PA Ministerial Cabinet List November 2003 , JMCC
  14. ^ Current Palestinian Government Structure (Factsheet). MIFTAH, 3 December 2005
  15. ^ The PA Ministerial Cabinet List—The National Unity Government March 2007. JMCC. Archived on 4 October 2009
  16. ^ Government of the State of Palestine, 2 June 2014. UN Observer SoP. Archived on 22 September 2015 from Government of the State of Palestine, 2 June 2014, accessed November 2015
  17. ^ Thumbnails of key ministers in Palestinian Cabinet. Associated Press, 2 June 2014
  18. ^ Timeline: The West Bank-Gaza split. Al Jazeera, 4 March 2008
  19. ^ The PA Ministerial Cabinet List The Emergency Government June 2007 - July 2007. JMCC, archived on 18 August 2007
  20. ^ The PA Ministerial Cabinet List July 2007
  21. ^ Who are the members of the new Palestinian government?. Ma'an News Agency, 19 May 2009
  22. ^ Government of the State of Palestine, 6 June 2013. UN Observer SoP. Archived on 18 October 2013
  23. ^ Hamas officially announces Fathi Hamad new Interior Minister. Palestinian Press, 27 April 2009
  24. ^ New Hamas cabinet approved by lawmakers. Ma'an, 27 August 2012