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Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat
صائب عريقات
Saeb Erekat December 2014.jpg
Erekat in London, December 2014
Member of the Palestinian Parliament
for Jericho
Assumed office
20 January 1996
Personal details
Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat

(1955-04-28) 28 April 1955 (age 65)
Abu Dis, Jordanian-ruled West Bank
Political partyFatah
Spouse(s)Niemeh Arekat
ChildrenSalam, Dalal, Ali, Mohammad
RelativesNoura Erakat (Niece) Yousef Erakat(Nephew)
Alma materSan Francisco State University
Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat (also Erifat or Erakat or Arekat; Arabic: صائب عريقات‎ Ṣāʼib ʻUrayqāt or ʻRēqāt; born 28 April 1955) is a Palestinian politician and diplomat who is the Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the PLO (since 2015). He served as chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 12 February 2011. He negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel and remained chief negotiator from 1995 until May 2003, when he resigned in protest from the Palestinian government. He later reconciled with the party and was reappointed to the post in September 2003.
1 Personal life and education
2 Career
2.1 Politics
2.2 Legacy
2.3 Works (partial list)
3 See also
4 References
5 External links
Personal life and education
Erekat was born in Abu Dis. He is a member of the Palestinian branch of the Erekat family, itself a branch of the Howeitat tribal confederation. Erekat is one of seven children, with his brothers and sisters living outside of Israel or the Palestinian territories.
In 1972, Erekat moved to San Francisco, California, in the United States to attend college. He spent two years at City College of San Francisco, a two-year community college. He then transferred to San Francisco State University. There, Erekat received a BA in international relations (in 1977) and an MA in political science (in 1979). He completed his Ph.D. in peace and conflict studies at Bradford University, a public, plate glass university in England (in 1983). He is married and is father of twin daughters and two sons.
On 8 May 2012, he was hospitalized in Ramallah after suffering a heart attack.
On 12 October 2017 he had a lung transplant at Inova Fairfax Hospital in northern Virginia, United States.
On 9 October 2020, Erekat tested positive for COVID-19. On 18 October 2020, he was sent to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem after his condition worsened.
After gaining his doctorate in England, Erekat moved to the West Bank town of Nablus to lecture in political science at An-Najah National University and also served for 12 years on the editorial board of the locally widely circulated Palestinian newspaper, Al-Quds.
In 1991, Erekat was deputy head of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Conference and the subsequent follow-up talks in Washington between 1992 and 1993. In 1994, he was appointed the Minister for Local Government for the Palestinian National Authority and also the Chairman of the Palestinian negotiation delegation. In 1995, Erekat served as Chief Negotiator for the Palestinians during the Oslo period. He was then elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1996, representing Jericho. As a politician, Erekat was considered to be a Yasser Arafat loyalist. including the Camp David meetings in 2000 and the negotiations at Taba in 2001. Erekat was also, along with Arafat and Faisal Husseini, one of the three high-ranking Palestinians who asked Ariel Sharon not to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque in September 2000, an event which was followed by the Second Intifada. He also acted as Arafat's English interpreter. When Mahmoud Abbas was nominated to serve as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Legislative Council in early 2003, Erekat was slated to be Minister of Negotiations in the new cabinet, but he soon resigned after he was excluded from a delegation to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. This was interpreted as part of an internal Palestinian power struggle between Abbas and Arafat. Erekat was later reappointed to his post and participated in the 2007 Annapolis Conference, where he took over from Ahmed Qurei during an impasse and helped hammer out a joint declaration.
He resigned from his post as chief negotiator on 12 February 2011 citing the release of the Palestine Papers. In July 2013, however, he was still holding the function.
Erekat is one of the more prominent Palestinian spokespeople in the Western media.
During the Second Intifada, he loudly criticized Israeli actions and characterized the IDF's 2002 assault in the Palestinian town of Jenin as a "massacre" and a "war crime", alleging that Israel has killed more than 500 Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp. After the incident was over, however, and the Palestinian death toll was actually recorded at between 53 and 56 casualties, mostly combatants, Erekat faced strong criticism in the US.
Works (partial list)
Imam Ali Bin Abi Taleb and Negotiations (2015)
See also
Arab–Israeli conflict
Israeli–Palestinian conflict
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