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Naim Alashhab (Abu Bashar)

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1929
  • Age: 87
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Born in Hebron in 1929; moved with his family to the German Colony of Jerusalem in 1934; after high school, worked as junior official in the British Mandate from 1945; became a refugee to Hebron in 1948, where he joined National Liberation League; joined the Jordanian Communist Party (JCP) in 1948; was several times arrested by Jordan in the 1950s and 1960s; went underground in Oct. 1954 for almost two years until Suleiman An-Nabulsi became PM; went back underground after King Hussein removed the An-Nabulsi government in April 1957, until his arrest on 30 Aug. 1966 by Jordanian security forces; spent ten months in solitary confinement at Zarka Prison; returned to Jerusalem and ran West Bank affairs for the JCP after 1967; advocated non-violent protest; from 1968 was repeatedly arrested by Israel for his activism, incl. distributing leaflets; learnt Hebrew in prison but also became ill and almost blind; was released in Aug. 1971 after an international campaign but immediately deported; went to Moscow for medical treatment; then lived in Prague where he represented the JCP; elected to the PNC and the PLO Central Council in 1987 in his capacity as member of the Central Committee and the politburo of both the Jordanian and Palestinian communist parties; retired from PLO and official positions in 1991 but still represents PPP in certain occasions; returned to the West Bank in May 1993; works as columnist for Al-Ayyam newspaper; promotes human rights and democracy; member of the Ramallah-based Council of Justice and Peace since 1997.



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