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Omar Al-Waari

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1903
  • Age: 120
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Omar Amin Suleiman Khamis Suleiman Al-Wa'ari (1903 - 1972) was a Palestinian politician and mayor of Jerusalem.

His birth and upbringing
Lawyer Haji Omar Amin Suleiman Khamis Suleiman Al-Waari (Abu Al-Amin) was born in 1903 AD in the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif in Palestine and completed his studies there. He obtained a law diploma from the Palestinian Institute of Law.

From the right, in order: General Saadeh Al-Jallad, Omar Al-Waari, and Ahmed Al-Shugairi; In front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem in 1954.
From the right, in order: General Saadeh Al-Jallad, Omar Al-Waari, and Ahmed Al-Shugairi; In front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem in 1954.

Working life during the British Mandate period

Attorney Omar Al-Waari in 1927 as an officer at the Police College in Jerusalem
• He joined the police force in Palestine on July 1, 1920 for a period of 15 years, during which he held several positions, including deputy public prosecutor in the city of Nablus for three years, and a teacher of law at the Palestinian Police School. He became an officer with the rank of captain in his last years in the police force.

• On June 24, 1935 he was appointed Central Government Advocate, then Deputy Crown Advocate.

• On July 10, 1947 he was appointed as a judge in the Central Court in Jerusalem.

• On April 24, 1948, he was appointed acting president of the Central Court in Jerusalem and deputy chief registrar of courts in Palestine.

• Following the demise of the British Mandate, he was elected president of the Association of Employees who were working in the Mandate government to defend their rights.

Practical life during the Jordanian era

Attorney Omar Al-Waari as a defense attorney in the case of the assassination of King Abdullah I of Jordan in 1951.
• On May 21, 1948, following the catastrophe of Palestine, and by order of the Jordanian Arab Army authorities, he formed the Military Court to hear cases related to security and public order.

• On June 16, 1948, he was appointed president of the Central Court in Jerusalem.

• On January 1, 1949, he was appointed as a judge in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Jerusalem and the West Bank of Jordan.

• On June 29, 1949, he began practicing law, and in the meantime, and on August 18, 1951, he took up defense with a group of prominent Jerusalem lawyers, Yahya Hamouda, Hanna Atallah, Jabra Al-Anqar, Issa Aqel, Nasri Nasr, Aziz Shehadeh, and Wafiq Younis Al-Husseini, in the case of The killing of His Majesty King Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein.

Mayor of Jerusalem

The royal visit of King Saud bin Abdulaziz, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and King Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to Jerusalem in 1953.
• On October 23, 1951, he was elected as a member of the Jerusalem Municipal Council.

• On March 12, 1952, he was appointed as the head of the Municipal Council of the city of Jerusalem, and he remained so until the end of 1955. During this period, he carried out several projects to implement the necessary services for the Holy City, including water and sewage projects, and opening the necessary roads for the city, in addition to expanding the borders of the Jerusalem municipality to include the neighboring areas. It is now.

• In his capacity as mayor of Jerusalem, he received King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and King Hussein bin Talal, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1953 during King Saud's visit to Jerusalem.


Omar Al-Waari in a meeting with King Hussein to establish the Jordanian Bar Association with lawyer Abdul-Khaleq Yaghmour and lawyer Jabra Al-Anqar 1955.
After 1955, he worked with a team of West Bank lawyers to establish the Council of the Bar Association for the city of Jerusalem and to obtain royal approval in this regard from King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan.

The establishment of modern Libyan courts during the royal era

Omar Al-Waari at Al-Hamra Palace in Tripoli, Libya, 1958.
In 1957 he left for Libya, where he participated in the establishment of modern Libyan courts at the request of the Libyan government led by King Idris I at the time. His residence there lasted until 1959.

Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital in Jerusalem
Before the Israeli occupation in 1967 of the city of Jerusalem and the West Bank, elections were held for the administrative body of the Makassed Islamic Charity Association in Jerusalem, and since there were two lists competing in the elections and the competition intensified, it was agreed - after the intervention of a number of Palestinian personalities - to choose neutral people from outside these two lists, where Sheikh Abdul Hamid Al-Sayeh, His Eminence Sheikh Saad Al-Din Al-Alami, lawyer Omar Al-Waari, lawyer Ibrahim Bakr, lawyer Hafez Tahboub, engineer Ibrahim Al-Daqqaq, and others, were chosen to be members of the next administrative body. Not a few months had passed since this appointment, but the June war had taken place.

After his return to Jerusalem in 1959, he continued working in the legal profession, and did not stop, in order to establish law in the Holy City. In addition, he was elected a member of the Jordanian Bar Association in the tenth council (May 15, 1959 - March 10, 1960) and the twelfth council (March 10, 1960 - March 15, 1962).
He married Mrs. Yousra Qasim Mustafa Al-Tarhi and he has five daughters and two sons:

1- Iqbal Al-Waari - born in November 1928 and died on January 11, 2021 in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

2- Suad Al-Waari - born in 1932 and died on March 3, 2015 in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

3- Laila Al-Waari - born in 1932 and died in January 1990 in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

4- Haifa Al-Waari - born in 1933 and died on December 24, 2016 in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

5- Kawthar Al-Waari - born in 1934 and died on August 24, 2018 in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

6- “Muhammad Amin” Al-Waari - born on April 6, 1942.

7- Mamoun Al-Waari - born on February 21, 1944.

his death
Haj Omar Al-Waari died in April 1972 in Jerusalem, at the age of 69.



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