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Mousa Abu Marzook, PhD Biography

Title:
Deputy of the Political Bureau of Hamas
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Hamas believes that historical Palestine, that is, all of Palestine, belongs to the Palestinian people… We say that all of Palestine, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, belongs to the Palestinians. They have a legitimate right to this land.”

Interview on Dream 2 TV (Arabic), Feb. 13, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Deputy of the Political Bureau of Hamas in Damascus, Syria
  • Expelled from Jordan in 1999 during a Jordanian government crackdown on Hamas operations in the country, 1999
  • Extradited by the United States to Jordan, 1997
  • Arrested in the United States at New York’s JFK Airport after returning from a trip to the Middle East, 1995
  • Elected as Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, 1991
  • Founding President of the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), a prominent Islamist think tank related to Hamas
  • Founder of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, an organization whose assets were blocked by the United States government for funneling money to Hamas
  • Founded the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), widely regarded as the “primary voice in the United States” of Hamas, 1981
Education:
  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, 1991
  • Studied Engineering at Ein Shams University in Cairo, graduated in 1977
Other:
  • Born in Rafa in the Gaza Strip in 1951