Mahmoud al-Zahar

Politician

1945 –

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Who is Mahmoud al-Zahar?

Mahmoud al-Zahar is a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip. Since the formation of the Hamas/"Change and Reform" government in the Palestinian National Authority in March 2006, al-Zahar has served as foreign minister in the government of prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. Prior to that he was seen as a major candidate among the Hamas members elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council for prime minister, as he was at that time the most senior official within the organization. al-Zahar's son, a member of the Hamas military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in an Israeli raid in Gaza on 5 January 2008.

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Born
1945
Gaza City
Also known as
  • Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar
Profession
Education
  • Ain Shams University
  • Cairo University

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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