Top PLO member Samir Ghosheh dies in Jordan

Palestinian envoy to Jordan says if Israel approves it, 69-year-old will be buried in his home town of Jerusalem.

Samir Ghosheh 88 (photo credit: )
Samir Ghosheh 88
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Samir Ghosheh, a member of Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, died of cancer in Amman on Monday. He was 69. Ghosheh, a Palestinian politician from Jerusalem, was also the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front since 1974. In 1989, Ghosheh was elected a member of the PLO Executive Committee. He supported the Oslo agreement, which caused the PSF to splinter, with dissident faction moving to Syria. In 2002, he resigned from his position as the head of Jerusalem file in the PLO. In 2007, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to reappoint him, but Ghosheh refused to take office. The Palestinian envoy to Jordan, Ata Khairy, said Ghosheh would be transferred to the West Bank on Monday to be buried there. He said if the Israelis approve it, he will be buried in his home town of Jerusalem.