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Palestine Liberation Organization

Employment History

  • Writer
    Palestinian National Authority
  • Diplomat
    Palestinian National Authority
  • Palestinian Writer
  • President
  • Editor
  • Official Spokesman
  • Palestinian Poet

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Executive Committee
    Palestine Liberation Organization
  • PLO Spokesman and Member of the Executive Committee
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• In 1973 Ehud Barak ..., 1 Feb 2014 [cached]
• In 1973 Ehud Barak participated in the targeted assassination of three leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization - Abu Youssef al-Najjar, Kamal Adwan and Kamal Nasser, a Palestinian poet and PLO spokesman.
LEBANESE TAG: 2012.04, 11 April 2012 [cached]
Nasser hailed from Birzeit in the West Bank. A graduate of the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Baath party activist in his youth, he had edited the Jerusalem newspaper Filastin and was elected to the Jordanian parliament in 1956. After the Israeli invasion and occupation in 1967, he was arrested and deported to Jordan. He became a member of the PLO's Executive Committee in 1969, and then its head of information and official spokesman.
"The Israelis wanted to send a message to the Lebanese in general via the Verdun operation, and especially to Christian Arab nationalist Lebanese," says the writer Muna al-Solh, a friend and colleague of Nasser. By striking in the heart of Beirut they were sending a threat to all Lebanese supporters of the Palestinians, and by slaying the well-known Arab poet who was the PLO's most prominent Christian leader, they were repeating that warning to Arabs at large and underlining it to Christians, he says.
While Abu Yousef and Adwan were singled out for their role in activating guerrilla resistance in occupied Palestine, Nasser was the "conscience of the Palestinian revolution," according to Nazih Abul-Nidal, who worked with him on the PLO magazine Filastin al-Thawra.
Nasser "had the most democratic outlook of all Palestinian leaders at the time," he recalls. He respected opposing views, admired the commitment of young people, and was a major recruitment asset for the Palestinian revolution.
They stood for Arab renaissance in the battle to liberate Palestine, that is why I was not surprised they were assassinated.Abul-Nidal concurs that if Nasser had survived, "he would have had nothing to do with Oslo," though he adds that "there is no place for 'ifs' in the reading of history. All three slain leaders were nevertheless strong champions of armed resistance.
At the same time, Nasser, Adwan, and Najjar all "played a major role in reducing and preventing internal divisions on the one hand, and in developing the organizational side of the PLO," says Bashour.
Nasser, in particular, enjoyed great appeal in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq both as a distinguished poet and likeable personality.
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Arafat with Democratic Front for ,,, Liberation of Palestine leader, Nayef Hawatmeh and Palestinian writer Kamal Nasser at press conference in Amman, 1970
Kamal ..., 29 Aug 2012 [cached]
Kamal Nasser
Kamal Nasser Kamal Nasser (1925-April 9/April 10, 1973) was a Palestinian PLO political leader, writer and poet.
Nasser is a Palestinian diplomat and was the Permanent Observer from the Palestinian National Authority for the United Nations.
Jaffa Personalities 2, 26 Feb 2006 [cached]
Cousin of the PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION (PLO) spokesman Kamal Nasser, who was assassinated in Beirut by Israeli agents in 1973, Naser was perceived as a moderate pro-PLO figure in the WEST BANK. When pro-PLO demonstrations broke out at Bir Zeit after the November 1974 appearance of the PLO chairman, YASER ARAFAT, at the United Nations, Israeli authorities arrested Naser and four others whom they accused of inciting the protests and of associating with illegal organizations, a reference to the underground Palestine National Front. Deported to Lebanon, Nasser made his way to Amman, Jordan, where he retained his position as president of Bir Zeit University and worked out of its liaison office. From 1981 to 1984, Nasser also served on the PLO executive committee and, for a time, as head of the PALESTINIAN NATIONAL FUND. Israel allowed Nasser to return along with twenty-four other deportees in May 1993, whereupon he resumed his duties at Bir Zeit University.
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