Hani al-Hassan

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Hani al-Hassan (born 1939) was a leader of the Fatah organization in Germany and member of the Palestinian Authority Cabinet and the Palestinian National Council. He was born in Haifa in northern modern-day Israel. He is the younger brother of Khaled al-Hassan, a Fatah founder.


He spent time as a refugee in Yarmouk camp, near Damascus, where he organized an Islamist slate, Shabab al-Aqsa, to compete in student elections. He joined the Muslim Brotherhood in early 1950s. He went on to study engineering in the late 1950-60s in West Germany (Darmstadt & Munich), where he worked through the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) in Europe, and acted as Fatah’s main Europe link after he merged his own commando group to Fatah in 1963 until 1967. He also served as President of GUPS from 1962. He served as regional head in Jordan briefly in early 1970, then as Salah Khalaf’s deputy in Rasd, along with being a central committee leader during this time period. From 1974, he acted as a political aide to Yasser Arafat, an ambassador to Tehran, and an ambassador to Amman from 1982. He retains good ties to the Gulf States. He became a member of Fatah-Central Committee in May 1980. He was critical of the leadership's stance towards Iraq after August 1991, and at Oslo, but returned to Gaza Strip in November 1995, and became the chief political adviser to Arafat as well as......
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