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Encyclopedia > Nayef Hawatmeh
Naif Hawatmeh

Nayef Hawatmeh (kunya Abu an-Nuf, b. 1935/37 in Salt, Jordan), is a Palestinian politician. His name can be transliterated from the Arabic in many ways; variants include Naif Hawatma, Niaf Hawathme, etc. Image File history File links Hawatmeh. ... Image File history File links Hawatmeh. ... A kunya (Arabic: ) is an honorific widely used in place of given names through the Arab world. ... For other uses, see Salt (disambiguation). ... The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ...

Hawatmeh hails from a Greek Orthodox Bedouin tribe. He is the General Secretary of the Marxist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) since its formation in a 1969 split from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), of which he was also a founder. He was active as a left-wing leader in the Arab Nationalist Movement (ANM), which preceded the PFLP. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Coptic Orthodox Pope · Roman Catholic Pope Archbishop of Canterbury · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Faith... A Bedouin man on a hillside at Mount Sinai Bedouin, derived from the Arabic ( ), a name for a desert-dweller, is a term generally applied to Arab nomadic pastoralist groups, who are found throughout most of the desert belt extending from the Atlantic coast of the Sahara via the Western... http://www. ... Marxism is both the theory and the political practice (that is, the praxis) derived from the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. ... The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) (Arabic: الجبهة الديموقراطية لتحرير فلسطين, transliterated Al-Jabha al-Dimuqratiya Li-Tahrir Filastin) is a Palestinian Marxist-Leninist, secular political and military organization. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Arab Nationalist Movement (Harakat al-Qawmiyyin al-Arab), also known as the Movement of Arab Nationalists and the Harakiyyin, was a pan-Arab nationalist organization influential in much of the Arab world, most famously so within the Palestinian movement. ...

He presently resides in Syria, from which the DFLP receives some support; Israel blames the DFLP for the 1974 Ma'alot massacre, and so will not permit him to enter the Palestinian territories. The Maalot massacre was a school massacre in Maalot, Israel by Palestinian members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, that occurred on May 15, 1974, the 26th anniversary of Israeli independence. ...

Hawatmeh opposed the 1993 Oslo Accords, calling them a "sell-out", but began to be more conciliatory in the late 1990s. In 1999 he agreed to meet with Arafat (who had signed the accords) and even shook hands with the Israeli President, Ezer Weizmann, at the funeral of King Hussein of Jordan, drawing strong criticism from his Palestinian and Arab peers. Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat during the Oslo Accords on September 13, 1993. ... Ezer Weizman (born June 15, 1924 in Tel Aviv) was the seventh President of the State of Israel (1993-2000). ...

In 2004 he was briefly active in a joint Palestinian-Israeli non-governmental attempt to start a coalition of Palestinian groups supporting a two-state solution, and called for a cessation of hostilities in the al-Aqsa Intifada. The two-state solution is the name for a class of proposed resolutions of the long-running Arab-Israeli conflict now explicitly backed by the Israeli and United States governments. ... For other uses, see al-Aqsa (disambiguation). ...

In 2007 Israel indicated it would allow him to travel to the West Bank for the first time since 1967, in order to participate in a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (Arabic: ;   or Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyyah) is a multi-party confederation and is the organization regarded since 1974 as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. ...


  • "Radical Palestinians bitter over Israel handshake", BBC News, February 14, 1999. 
  • "Arafat meets radical opponent", BBC News, August 22, 1999. 
  • "Key Palestinian exile may return", BBC News, July 15, 2007. 



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