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Ziyad Abdel-Fattah

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1939
  • Age: 84
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Ziyad Jamil Abd al-Fattah Hajar (March 3, 1939 – ) is a Palestinian politician, writer, journalist, and novelist. He was born in the Palestinian city of Tulkarm. He is one of the leaders of the Fatah movement, and one of the most prominent figures of the contemporary Palestinian revolution. He is the founder and president of the Palestinian News Agency “Wafa” and a member of the Palestinian National Council in The Palestine Liberation Organization for many sessions, and the former president of the Union of Arab News Agencies, the Palestinian Information Service, and the Palestinian National Library, and he is very close to President Yasser Arafat, and he witnessed all the events and incidents with him. Ziyad Abdel Fattah is called "the legend of the media of the Palestinian revolution."

His upbringing and life
Ziyad Jamil Abdel-Fattah Hajer was born in the city of Tulkarm in the West Bank on March 3, 1939. He received his primary, preparatory and secondary education in the schools of his city, Tulkarm. From schools, then he moved to Kuwait, where he worked as a teacher for five years, and during that period witnessed the launch of the Fatah movement, so Ziyad joined the movement, then the Palestinian leadership asked him in 1968 to go to Egypt to establish “Al-Asifa Radio” in Cairo.

With the beginning of work in Cairo, Ziad joined Ain Shams University in law, where he graduated and obtained a university degree later in 1975. In 1971, he established Daraa Radio in Syria, and nine months later he moved to Beirut, where he founded the Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) in 1972. And he directly assumed its presidency according to a decision issued by the Palestine Liberation Organization on June 5, 1972. He also assumed the editor-in-chief of “Palestine Al-Thawra Magazine”, which is the central magazine of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

In 1974 he assumed the presidency of the Palestinian media team in New York, where he accompanied Yasser Arafat to the United Nations General Assembly, and in 1978 he assumed the presidency of the Union of Arab News Agencies, and in 1982 he founded the “Al-Maikah Newspaper” in Beirut under the fire of war, and he survived death in more than from an accident.

After that, he left with President Yasser Arafat to Tunisia, and there he continued to head the Wafa News Agency until the signing of the Oslo Accords and his return to Palestine in 1994, then President Yasser Arafat assigned him again to head the Wafa Agency after arriving home and establishing the Palestinian National Authority.

On February 12, 1996, a presidential decree was issued by President Yasser Arafat establishing the Palestinian Information Service, and assigning Ziyad Abdel-Fattah to preside over it as its first president in addition to his duties in Wafa. In 1997, a presidential decree was issued establishing the Palestinian National Library, and Ziyad Abdel-Fattah was its first president. . He also assumed the editor-in-chief of the "Roya" magazine, which specializes in Palestinian affairs, and was issued in 2000 by the State Information Service. On May 26, 2005, Ziyad Abdel-Fattah ended his presidency of both the Palestinian News Agency and the Palestinian Information Service.

Ziyad Abdel Fattah participated in a large number of international and cultural conferences, including the Cairo International Book Fair, and he visited most of the countries of the world during his literary and media work. He is one of the founders of the General Union of Palestinian Writers and Journalists, and a member of the General Secretariat of the Union of Arab Journalists.

His writings
A Special Communication for an Ordinary Man, a collection of short stories, published in 1976.
“Moon over Beirut,” a collection of short stories, in 1982, published by Dar Al-Awda.
"A Black Cat on the Last Street" was released in 1984.
"White Teeth", released in 1986.
“Farewell Mary,” published on January 1, 1992, by Dar Ibn Rushd for printing and publishing in Beirut.
“The Crossing”, a novel, published in 2002, by Dar Al-Hilal Publishing House in Cairo.
“What We Have,” a novel, published in 2004 by Dar Al-Hilal in Cairo.
“The House of the Army”, a novel, published in 2010, Cairo.
Silk Paper, a novel published in 2014 by Merit Publishing House in Cairo.
“The Sea Gets Angry,” a collection of short stories, in 2014, published by Al-Raaa'a Publishing House.
Displaced Villages, a book published in 2015.
“Al-Ratno”, a narrator, was published on December 12, 2017, by Dar Kulshith Publishing, in the presence of the Palestinian Minister of Culture, Ihab Bseiso, and it contains 324 pages.
“The Diamond Scrubber,” a book published in 2019, by Everything Publishing House. The book contains 308 pages, in which Ziyad Abdel-Fattah revealed information about his close friend, the poet Mahmoud Darwish, that was published for the first time. It is noteworthy that Ziyad Abdel Fattah wrote, accompanied by Mahmoud Darwish, all the letters of President Yasser Arafat.

Achievements and Awards

In 1996, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat awarded him the Jerusalem Medal for Culture, Literature and Arts.
On February 25, 2020, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decorated him with the Medal of Culture, Science and Arts of the level of brilliance, which is one of the highest Palestinian decorations, in appreciation of his national, literary and media career. This took place at the Palestinian Presidency and in the presence of a number of members of the Palestinian leadership.


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