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Rashid Khalil Areikat

Rashid Khalil Areikat

Sector : Public Figures, Public Figures

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1927
  • Age: 89
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Born in Jerusalem in 1927; attended Al-Rashidiyeh School in Jerusalem and completed the 9th grade before dropping out in order to work in Jerusalem to support his mother and family who lived in Abu Dis (his father had died when Rashid was 6 years old); joined the British Mandate Police at the age of 19 and was stationed in Jaffa; served in the Jordanian army from 1946-50; joined the UNRWA in 1950, eventually becoming Area Officer for Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jericho (retired in 1988); was a supporter of the ANM during the 1950s and 1960s; later supported the Palestinian Communist Party (until it split in the early 1970s due to differences regarding the Party’s stand vis-à-vis armed struggle); rejected an offer of becoming Mayor of Jericho after 1967; was banned by Israel from traveling during the period 1967-73 and was numerously arrested for his political activism; was involved in the activities of the National Guidance Committee in the 1970s; one of the signatories of the letter signed in 1974 by Palestinian national figures, supporting the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people; masterminded the National Bloc for the Jericho elections in 1976 and was targeted by the Israeli authorities following its victory; founding member of the Jericho Society for Marketing Agricultural Produce in 1975; founding member of the Arab Thought Forum in Jerusalem in 1977; became head of the Council for Culture and Arts in Jericho in 1992; served as Honorary President of many societies and institutions in Jericho; died in 1994 (in 2004 his children Khalil, Maen and Shireen established a Student Aid Foundation under his name to assist students in/from Jericho).


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