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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"Seventeen years since the death of Faisal Al-Husseini

Yesterday [Thursday] was the 17th anniversary of the death of Leader Faisal Al-Husseini, who passed away on May 31, 2001 in Kuwait following a heart attack.

Al-Husseini was born in Baghdad on July 17, 1940. In elementary and junior high school, he studied in Cairo, and in 1967, he received an academic degree in military studies from Syria. He then joined the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and became one of Fatah's leaders.

Al-Husseini was arrested several times, held in house arrest and later, became the Fatah leader in the West Bank. He also was known for his modesty, his integrity and his avowed zeal for the homeland and for Jerusalem in particular, for he is the son of the leader and martyr Abd Al-Qader Al-Husseini.

Jerusalem wore black, just as it did when his father, leader Abd Al-Qader Al-Husseini fell in the Al-Qastal battle [1] in the Nakba."

– Jerusalem Gate

"A standing protest in front of the Orient House headquarters [2] in Jerusalem on the 17th anniversary of the death of Jerusalem's hero Faisal Al-Husseini."

-Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan

0202 Editor's Note:
[1] Refers to what is also called Operation Nahshon. From Wikipedia in Arabic: "[the battle] took place during the period leading up to the 1948 war (the Nakba) directly and was part of the military movements of the Zionist gangs in the Operation Nahshon, and the start of plan Daled. In the words of Ben-Gurion in 'The Resurrection and Destiny of Israel,' 'As soon as the month of April 1948 started, our independence war was transformed decisively from defense to attack. The Nahshon operation began with the occupation of the road leading to Jerusalem, where we now stand, as well as Beit Mehsir, and culminated in the occupation of Al-Qastal, the fortified hill near Jerusalem.'"

[2] The Orient House is a building in the Bab Al-Zahara neighborhood of East Jerusalem, which served as a headquarters for the PLO in the city during the 1980's and 1990's, and served as a public building for Palestinian institutions. After Faisal Husseini's death, the building was closed, according to a decision of the Israeli government, and the Palestinian institutions that occupied it were vacated. Since then the building remains empty and unused, due to the PA's renewed order every six months, although efforts are being made to reopen it.

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