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Omar Bitar

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1880
  • Age: 136
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Born in Jaffa in 1880; attended Rashidiyyeh School in Jaffa; became a leading merchant and businessman; municipal councilor in Jaffa from 1905-08; elected Mayor of Jaffa in 1908; head of the Education Commission, the Agricultural Bank and the Administrative Board of Jaffa City during Ottoman rule; was arrested in the early days of the British Mandate and sent to a military prison in Cairo and later Alexandria for one year; returned to Palestine and founded the first Muslim-Christian Association in Jaffa with branches in various other cities; Chairman of the Muslim-Christian Association from 1921-38; during this period also elected as First Deputy to the Chairman of the Arab Exec. Committee, Musa Kathem Husseini; after the banning of the Arab Executive Committee by the British authorities in 1936, and the establishment of national committees (lejan qawmiyyah) to lead the Palestinian revolt, he became the head of the Committee of Jaffa; appointed head of the Jaffa Municipal Council in 1941 (until his resignation in 1945); named Honorary Chairman of the National Commercial Chamber of Commerce of Jaffa in 1945; died in 1947/48.


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