Yasser Abed Rabbo

Yasser Abed Rabbo, born in Jaffa (present-day Israel) in 1944, founded the Palestinian Democratic Union (FIDA) in 1990, after breaking away from the DFLP. In 2016, Mahmoud Abbas removed him as secretary general of the PLO‘s Executive Committee – a position he had held since 2009 – and replaced him with Saeb Erekat. In May 2018, he lost his position on PLO’s Executive Committee.

Abed Rabbo served in several official positions in the PLO and Palestinian Authority (PA), including in the fields of media and culture. He was a member of the track-II 2003 Geneva Initiative.