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Samir Rantisi

Sector : Cultural Figures , Writers

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1962
  • Age : 54
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Samir Rantisi was born in Al-Bireh, near Ramallah on the West Bank. His family originally hailed from Rantis, a village 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) inland from Tel Aviv. After 1987 he joined the first intifada, yet gradually eschewed armed insurrection for peaceful one-man protests. Samir Rantisi, who has been murdered at home in Ramallah aged 42, was one of the most dedicated Palestinian peace activists of recent years. He was a key figure behind the Israeli-Palestinian Geneva Accords, a joint initiative launched in December 2003. The accords posit solutions to the vexed issues of Jerusalem, refugees, settlements and borders -what Israeli author Amos Oz has called "the radioactive core" of the conflict.

A journalist turned official spokesman for the PA, Rantisi continued to co-ordinate a Palestinian Peace Coalition (PPC), and more recently established his own think-tank, the Jerusalem Institute for Peace Studies. His first book, subtitled A Different Narrative Of The Palestinian Struggle, is due to be published this year.
Rantisi also promoted the Bereaved Parents' Circle, founded by Yitzhak Frankenthal. The group encompasses Israelis and Palestinians who have lost relatives to political violence, yet seek reconciliation, not vengeance. Rantisi began writing for local papers in the early 1990s, while acting as consultant to the US consulate and foreign media organisations in east Jerusalem. Since 1994, he was senior adviser to Yasser Abed-Rabbo, PA minister of culture and information, 1994-2001, minister of cabinet affairs thereafter, and chief Palestinian sponsor of the Geneva Accords.

As PA spokesman since 1994, Rantisi loyally represented Yasser Arafat's administration and drew international attention to Israeli attacks. Yet after Arafat died, he concluded in a San Francisco Chronicle article: "My people still lack vision, strategy and a statesmanlike leadership that can move them up the ladder to [join] the world's democratic nations." He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Rantisi died one year after Israeli forces assassinated his cousin, Hamas leader Dr Abdel-Aziz al-Rantisi. Evidently, the two kept in regular contact despite holding diametrically opposed views. Samir Rantisi, Palestinian peace campaigner and writer, born 1962; died May 29 2005. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. 


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