Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas is the head of the Palestinian Authority, a position he undertook in January 2005. He is a member of the Fatah, and has been a chairman of the PLO since November 2004, succeeding Yasser Arafat. He was born in Safed, and fled with his family to Syria in 1948 when Israel's independence day war broke out. He studied law at the University of Damascus and obtained a PhD degree at the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where he wrote a dissertaion on the "secret relationship between zionism and nazism." Abbas is married to Amina Abbas and has three sons - two living, and one deceased.

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    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Hamas’ popularity spikes among Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

    By JULIA ALTMANN/THE MEDIA LINE

  • Palestinians: Ofra attack didn't take place in area under our control

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Danon: Palestinian Authority battling for Hamas at U.N., despite rivalry

    By HERB KEINON

  • Report: Hamas nears reconciliation with PA, calls for elections

    By SAMUEL THROPE

  • 'Abbas ordered crackdown on Palestinians who sold property to Jews'

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Abbas rejected billions of dollars in return for concessions on Jerusalem

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greets delegates after addressing the 72nd United Nations

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    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Abbas eyeing 'decisive decisions' in relations with Hamas, Israel and U.S.

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

  • Abbas vows to continue paying prisoners and their families

    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH