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This profile was last updated on 6/18/08  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Prime Minister
    Gaza
  • Director of the Office of Martyr Sheikh Ahmad Yasin, the Founder
    Hamas
  • Spokesman
    Hamas
  • Prime Minister
    Hamas
  • Member of Student Council
    Islamic University
  • Dean
    Islamic University
  • Top Yassin Aide
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Web References
Hamas - What is Hamas?
www.webgaza.net, 18 June 2008 [cached]
On June 14, 2007 President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority (PA) government and dismissed its prime minister, Ismail Hanieh.
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Hamas controlled occupied Gaza, with Ismail Hanieh as acting prime minister and Fateh controlled occupied West Bank.
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Since Sheikh Ahmad Yassin's assassination, Hamas has been led by Ismail Hanieh, the acting prime minister in Gaza.
Palestinian National Authority
www.ipcri.org, 12 Nov 2010 [cached]
1- Ismail Hanieh - Prime Minister (Hamas)
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1- Ismail Hanieh - Prime Minister (Hamas) leading figure in Hamas. b.1962, Shati camp, to a family from Ashqulon. Studied Arabic literature at IUG, graduating in 1987. Was imprisoned by Israel for most of period 1988-92, before being deported to Marj al-Zuhhur in South Lebanon.
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Hanieh is considered one of the young political leaders in Hamas who started to emerge as a leading figure in the student movement before moving into the world of politics. Hanieh, 43, comes from a Palestinian refugee family from the village of al-Jora in the occupied city of Asqalan and he was born in Shate' Camp in 1963. He finished his elementary and preparatory studies in the UNRWA Schools and got his secondary education from religious Azhar Institute in Gaza and then he joined the Education College - Arabic Language Department - in the Islamic University and graduated from that college. He is married and has 11 children. One of the main stations in the life of Hanieh was his activities in the Islamic Bloc (the student wing of Hamas) and was member of Student Council in the Islamic University in Gaza between 1983-1984, and then became head of the student council in 1985-1986, at that time the student council witnessed in the eighties serious disputes between Fatah Shabiba (Fatah Student Wing) and the Islamic Bloc in the university. Hanieh was arrested more than once in the Israeli prisons. He was arrested for 18 days in 1987 and was arrested for six months in 1988, and the third time, he was arrested for three years in 1989. On December 17, 1992, Israel deported Hanieh to Marj al-Zuhur in South Lebanon along with 415 activists and cadres from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. He held the post of director of the office of martyr Sheikh Ahmad Yasin, the founder and leader of Hamas, and he is considered one of the leading political figures in Hamas. Hanieh enjoys popularity among Hamas circles and the Palestinian people; he is known for his calmness and moderate positions and he stresses a lot on the Palestinian unity. He enjoys strong relations with leaders of other Palestinian factions and he participated in the dialogue sessions between Hamas and the PA and the Palestinian factions. Hanieh and Mahmoud Zahhar are considered the main political leaders of Hamas in Gaza Strip after the assassination of Sheikh Yasin and Dr. Rantisi and Ismail Abu Shanab and Dr. Ibrahim Maqadmeh.
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Hanieh was subjected to an assassination attempt while he was accompanying Sheikh Ahmad Yasin in September 2002 when a Zionist warplane shelled with a strong bomb a home in Gaza but Hanieh and Sheikh Yasin and the residents in the home survived.
ABC13.com: Two suicide bombings kill at least two Israelis
abclocal.go.com, 12 Aug 2003 [cached]
Ismail Hanieh, a spokesman for Hamas, said it was still committed to the cease-fire.
"We cannot pinpoint who stands behind this operation," he said.
But, he added, "this situation was born as a result of Israel's refusal to commit to the Palestinian (truce)."
Islamic Jihad spokesman Mohammed al-Hindi said "We don't know who stands behind these operations."He said the group remained committed to the cease-fire.
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.All Rights Reserved.) - Talk about this story
Solving Israeli-Palestinian
www.journalofamerica.net, 9 Mar 2009 [cached]
Contrary to Israeli and U.S. government claims that Hamas is out to destroy Israel, the Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Hanieh has repeatedly said that Hamas is willing to live in peace with Israel according to the pre-war 1967 borders.
Ismail Hanieh Read ...
www.jmcc.org [cached]
Ismail Hanieh
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Palestinian politics, Hamas
Ismail Hanieh, a leading figure of Hamas, was prime minister of the national unity government formed in March 2007, having been prime minister and minister of youth and sports in the government formed by Hamas in March 2006.
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News on Ismail Hanieh
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Hanieh was born in 1962 at Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza to a family originally from Asqalan (now Ashkelon, Israel). He received his primary education at UNRWA schools and his secondary education at the religious al-Azhar Institute in Gaza. He studied Arabic Literature at the Islamic University of Gaza, where he became head of the student council and was active in the Islamic Bloc (the student wing of Hamas). He graduated in 1987, just as the first Intifada erupted in Gaza, and was detained by the Israeli authorities for participating in protests in 1987, and again in 1988, just as Hamas was emerging in Gaza as a leading resistance movement. The following year he was arrested again and sentenced to three years in prison before being deported with 415 other activists to Marj al-Zuhhur in South Lebanon. He was allowed to return to Gaza in December 1993 and was appointed dean of the Islamic University.
He was not in favor of the Hamas boycott of the 1996 elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and initially put his name forward as an independent candidate, before backing down in January 1996. After Sheikh Yassin was released from prison in 1997, Hanieh was appointed as his assistant. Because of his close relationship with Sheikh Yassin, Hanieh gained increasing prominence within the movement and became Hamas' representative to the Palestinian Authority (PA). In September 2003 Hanieh survived an assassination attempt while accompanying Sheikh Yassin when an Israeli aircraft bombed an apartment bloc in Gaza.
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However, Palestinian sources said that Hanieh was appointed to the three-person “collective leadership†of Hamas along with Mahmoud al-Zahar and Said Siam.
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Although al-Zahar is thought to be the most senior of those leaders, Hanieh was chosen to lead the campaign for Hamas for the January 2006 elections and became prime minister when Hamas won the majority of seats in the PLC.
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On becoming prime minister, Hanieh participated in negotiations on a coalition with the former ruling Fateh party and other factions. After the negotiations failed, Hanieh was forced to name a cabinet primarily consisting of Hamas members and technocrats. When he outlined the Hamas administration’s program, Hanieh urged the US and EU not to carry out their threats of cutting funding to the PA. He stressed that Palestinians were entitled to continue their struggle for independence, but at the same time claimed that he wanted to hold talks with international mediators about solving the conflict.
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