Issam Abu Bakr (Governor of Tulkarem)

Major General Issam Abu Bakr (عصام أبو بكر) was born in Kuwait. In January 2015, he became governor of Tulkarem. He is also a member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council.

Abu Bakr studied business administration at al-Najah University in Nablus. There he was secretary general of Fatah’s Shabiba youth movement. He was arrested several times by Israel because of his political activities and spent more than 14 years in prison. During the first intifada he was part of Fatah's Tanzim in the northern West Bank. He then became the head of Fatah in that region. Abu Bakr worked in the Palestinian Authority's ministry of interior and became governor of Salfit in April 2010.