Taysir Khaled, born in 1941 in Nablus, is member of the PLO’s Executive Committee (EC) where he heads the Department for Diaspora Relations. He is also member of the DFLP‘s Politburo. In August 2018, Mahmoud Abbas dismissed him as the head of the PLO’s committee for Palestinian refugees in the diaspora, appointing Fatah‘s Nabil Shaath in his place.
He was first elected to DFLP’s political bureau in 1971. After reconciliation between the DFLP and Fatah in 1999, Khaled served as an adviser to Yasser Arafat at the Camp David summit in 2000. He was briefly arrested by Israeli forces in 2002 but released a few months later. Khaled ran as a presidential candidate in the 2005 Palestinian election, obtaining 3.4 percent of the vote.