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Awni Abdulhadi

Awni Abdulhadi

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Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Jordan
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1889
  • Age: 126
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Awni Awni Abd al-Hadi was a Palestinian political figure. He was educated in Beirut, Istanbul, and at the Sorbonne University in Paris. His wife was Tarab Abd al-Hadi, a Palestinian activist and feminist.

In 1911 Abd al-Hadi, along with Rafiq al-Tamimi, was a founding member of the underground al-Fatat nationalist society, which was devoted to Arab independence and unity and was among the organizers of the Arab Congress of 1913 in Paris. He served as private secretary of Faisal I of Iraq at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. Abd al-Hadi was later an adviser to Amir Abdullah in Transjordan.

On his return to Palestine in 1924 Abd al-Hadi became one of the chief spokesmen of the Palestinian-Arab nationalist movement and was elected representative to the 5th (August 1922, Nablus) and 6th (June 1923, Jaffa) Congress of the Arab Executive Committee for Jenin and to the 7th (June 1928) for Beisan. He was secretary of the Executive Committee's Congress in 1928.

In 1930 Abd al-Hadi was a member of the Palestinian Delegation to the United Kingdom and a lawyer for the Supreme Muslim Council. In August, 1932 he was a founder, general secretary and first elected president of the Palestinian Istiqlal (Independence) Party, the first regularly constituted Palestinian political party. He was also the party's representative to the Arab Higher Committee, formed in April 1936, of which he served as General Secretary. Abd al-Hadi was a moderate who was prepared to negotiate with members of the Yishuv. He testified to the Peel Commission, "There is no such country [as Palestine].... Palestine is a term the Zionists invented.... Our country was for centuries part of Syria." However, even before his meeting with David Ben-Gurion in 1934 he had noted that "the goal of the Jews was to take over the country and the goal of the Arabs was to fight against that takeover".

Abd al-Hadi held some responsibility for the Arab Revolt of 1936–39 and was banned from re-entry to the country when the British decided to deport the committee members in 1937 (until 1941). He was a member of the Palestinian delegation to the London Conference, St. James's Palace in February 1939.

In 1948 Abd al-Hadi was a member and appointed Minister for Social Affairs of the Egyptian-sponsored All-Palestine Government headed by Amin al-Husayni.

Abd al-Hadi served as Jordan's Minister and later ambassador to Cairo, from 1951–55. From 1955–58 he was a Jordanian senator and from 1958 chairman of the Arab League's Judicial Affairs Committee in Cairo;

Abd al-Hadi died on March 15, 1970 in Cairo.


Achievements and Awards

- He served as Jordan’s Minister (later Ambassador) to Cairo, 1951-55; Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs in Jordan from 1955-58, and later Senator in the Jordanian Upper House; from 1958 Chairman of the Arab League’s Judicial Affairs Committee in Cairo.

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