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Hossam Zomlot

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  • Страна местожительства: Palestine
  • Пол: Male
  • Born in: 1973
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Hussam Saeed Shehadeh Zomlot is a Palestinian politician, diplomat, and academic born in the Shaboura refugee camp in the Rafah governorate in 1973. He was appointed as the head of the Palestinian mission in the United Kingdom in October 2018. Before coming to the United Kingdom, he worked as the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in the United States. The United States of America, which was closed by the administration of US President Donald Trump. Zomlot is also a leading member of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) and strategic affairs advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Zomlot previously worked in the Fatah Movement's Commission for Foreign Affairs. Before entering the political arena, Zomlot worked as a university professor in public policy at Birzeit University. He was also a researcher at Harvard University and a lecturer at the University of London. Zomlot also held an economist position in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Palestine.

his upbringing
Zomlot was born in the Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah, Gaza Strip, which is run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). His parents are from the village of Simsim, which was expelled in 1948 after the establishment of the State of Israel.

Like most Palestinians, forced exile and asylum were important factors in shaping Zomlot's political orientation in the later stages of his life.

In a speech at a conference celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of UNRWA, Zomlot said: “In 1948, my father lost his home and land, and as a result, I was born in a refugee camp in Rafah.” “Millions have suffered from a life of diaspora. Nothing is more bad for a man than being forced to live in exile.”

Zomlot was politically active during his undergraduate studies at Birzeit University in the West Bank, and then became a representative of the Fatah Student Movement Foundation (Al-Shabiba) during the first intifada.

In 1999, while he was studying in London, he was elected as the head of the branch of the General Union of Palestine Students in the United Kingdom.

Academic experience
Zomlot studied at Birzeit University in Ramallah, and after obtaining his bachelor's degree, he worked as an economist in the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). During his work, he was assigned to follow up economic developments and alternative economic policies. He also provided briefings to the Secretary-General of the United Nations at the time, Kofi Annan.

In 2000, Zomlot completed an MA in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He then obtained a PhD in Global Political Economy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2007.

Prior to his appointment as a university professor of public policy in 2012, Zomlot was a resident scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy for Governmental Studies at the prestigious Harvard University between 2008 and 2010.

political march
Zomlot served as an official spokesperson for the Palestinian delegation throughout the campaign to obtain recognition from the United Nations for full membership of Palestine in New York in 2011.

He was appointed as an ambassador at large for the State of Palestine in the same year, in which he also worked as director of the Fatah Commission for Foreign Affairs.

He then served as strategic affairs advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2015 before being elected as a member of the Fatah Movement's Revolutionary Council in 2016.

On December 4, 2016, Zomlot won the elections of the Palestinian Revolutionary Council, which was held during the seventh conference of the Fatah movement, and became a member of it.

In 2017, Zomlot was appointed as the envoy of the United States of America, replacing Maan Rashid Erekat.

Zomlot was forced to cut off his work as ambassador to the United States of America after the administration of US President Trump closed the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, DC, and then recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In December 2017, the White House announced its intention to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As a result, the Palestinian leadership imposed a policy of not dealing with the American administration. .

In 2018, Zomlot was appointed as the Head of the Palestinian Mission in the United Kingdom.

Palestinian ambassador to the United States of America
Zomlot was appointed as the Palestinian ambassador to the United States of America in March 2017, at a time when the administration of US President Trump was taking over the reins of power. This was followed by many vigorous bilateral contacts between the two parties, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met his American counterpart four times between May and November 2017.

However, these efforts were halted when, in November 2017, the White House announced its intention to close the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C., and then decided to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

This step undermined the Palestinian endeavors, which center on establishing the capital of the State of Palestine in the eastern part of Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in 1967.

The announcement led to demonstrations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Palestinian leadership's rejection of the US role as a mediator in the peace process.

Zomlot said at the time: “You did not remove Jerusalem from the negotiating table, but rather the entire table. No Palestinian will ever be able to sit at this negotiating table. good luck."

In September 2018, the Palestinian representation in Washington D.C. was closed after Zomlot returned to Ramallah. As a result, what would later be called the Trump Peace Plan for Prosperity was worked on by the Trump administration without the participation of the Palestinians and in full agreement with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Despite this, Zomlot commented that rethinking Palestinian-American relations would lead to three positive things: "It will liberate the Palestinians from the shackles of a failed peace process led by the United States of America for 27 years... and it will provide an opportunity to repeal the (American) law that has been implemented." It was enacted in 1987, which designates the Palestine Liberation Organization as a terrorist organization... It will also help shift Palestinian interest to long-term engagement with the American people.”

Ambassador of Palestine to the United Kingdom
Zomlot was appointed as Head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK in October 2018. Zomlot arrived in the UK in the midst of the Brexit process and during his first year and a half there Britain's Conservatives led two successive governments while the British opposition leadership in Parliament underwent changes after the election Parliament in 2019.

Since his appointment, British-Palestinian relations have deepened. Despite the US administration's intention to prevent funding the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA, British support continued (and doubled in the case of UNRWA), while the British government maintained its support for the two-state solution in accordance with international law.

Other business
Zomlot was one of the founders of the Palestinian Strategy Group (PSG), which was established in 2008 by 100 members who come from different Palestinian political, professional and geographical spectrums.

In 2018, prior to his appointment as ambassador to London, Zomlot had to defend himself against allegations that he denied the Holocaust. These allegations were published by a British tabloid newspaper in the news that former British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn attended Zomlot's wedding.

Zomlot said in an interview with an Israeli newspaper: "Certainly, I do not deny the occurrence of the Nazi Holocaust, and it was a terrible crime. I know very well what happened to the Jews of Europe, and I sat near members of the families of the survivors and listened to the terrifying details of what happened to their loved ones."

private life
Dr. Hussam Zomlot is married to a woman who was born in the Gaza Strip before her parents emigrated to Sweden. He has two children, Said and Alma.


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