Biographical encyclopedia of the modern Middle East and by Michael R. Fischbach PDF

By Michael R. Fischbach

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By 1969, Fatah had become the dominant faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Abbas served as a Fatah representative in the Palestinian National Council, the PLO parliament, starting in 1968. Yet Abbas’s real source of power was his relationship as a key advisor and trusted lieutenant to Fatah chairman Yasir Arafat, who in 1969 became chairman of the PLO as well. Abbas was given a number of key positions in the PLO over the years, including membership in its top leadership body, the Executive Committee, starting in 1980 (and secretary general of the committee starting in 1996).

In August 1976, Abdelaziz was elected secretary-general of POLISARIO and president of SADR. Mauritania abandoned its claim to Western Sahara in August 1979, but Morocco still strongly asserts its legal claims to control the area. INFLUENCES AND CONTRIBUTIONS Abdelaziz is the longtime leader of the POLISARIO movement, and has played a crucial role in the Saharawi drive for independence. He led the movement through negotiations that led to Mauritania’s evacuation from that portion of Western Sahara it had occupied, through the long war against Morocco from 1975-1991, and through the lengthy peace process with UN involvement that has continued ever since.

I also had to review my position as a Muslim feminist. When I was insisting that I am a Muslim feminist, my interrogator kept saying that I am not. I came to the conclusion that whatever we try to argue for a different reading of Islam, the conservative Islamists will insist on their own discourse. I, therefore, decided to change my discourse and to become a secular feminist, to work with ordinary women and to try to challenge the unequal gender relations from below. Prior to 8 March 2007, International Women’s Day, she was arrested along with thirty-two other women’s activists.

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