Yasir Arafaat

Famous As    :  1st President of the Palestinian National Authority
Born On      :  24 August 1929
Born In        : Cairo, Egypt
Died On       : 11 November 2004
Nationality  :  Palestinian Territories

Yasser Arafat was a leader of the state of Palestine and 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority. The leader is also known as the Chairman of the Palestine liberation Organization who founded the secular political party Fatah in 1959, stepping in as its leader. Mainly known for his anti-Israeli stance, Arafat pushed the country in to a long war with Israel in the name of self-determination. While he is portrayed as a martyr in his own country Palestine, Arafat is also condemned for his attacks on Israeli civilians. The tension between these countries finally began subsiding with the acceptation of UN Security Council resolution 242 in 1988, and he eventually succeeded in managing the uneasy balance between militancy and diplomacy in the Middle East. Arafat made the mistake of supporting Saddam Hussein during the Kuwait crisis of 1990 and paid the price of political isolation in the Gulf. In 1994, Yasser Arafat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin.

Time Line:
1929: August 24- Birth of Yasser Arafat in Cairo.
1933: His mother passed away
1947: Studies Judaism and Zionism
1948: Arafat left university during the Arab-Israeli war
1952: Death of his father
1956: Posted at Suez Canal representing the Egyptian forces.
1958: Arafat founded the Al-Fatah
1972: Arafat accused of executing the Munich Massacre
1973: Accused for the Khartoum Diplomats Assassination.
1991: Madrid Conference to resolve the Palestine issue
1993: Officials of Israel and Palestine signed the Declaration of Principles
2004: November 11, Arafat passed away in a hospital in Cambart, Paris.

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