Ghassan al-Khatib

Ghassan al-Khatib

Ghassan al-Khatib PA Minister of Labour, from 9 Jun. 2002. Leading member of PPP, director of Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre. Born 1954, Nablus, trained in economics at Manchester Univirsity and obtained an MA in Development Studies. Active in PNF and was in Israeli detention from 1974 to 1977 for this. Also works as lecturer in cultural studies at Bir Zayt Univirsity, and is head of the non-profit United Agricultural Company, channelling foreign aid to West Bank farmers. Was member of Palestinian delegation to Madrid process, which he boycotted from Apr. 1993.

Signatory of Dec. 2001 statement criticising PA's arrest of leftist activists. Is the Palestinian editor of Bitter Lemons, and is in the process of completing a Ph.D. in Middle East Politicalitics at Durham University. Mahmud Abbas has sought to demote him to the position of Tourism Minister from Apr. 2003

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