Salim Zanoun (al-Za’nun)

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Salim Zanoun (al-Za'nun) has, since 1993, been the Chairman/Speaker of the Palestinian National Council. An early recruit to the Muslim Brotherhood, a refugee to Gaza in 1948; had a leading role in organising the Popular Resistance Front to oppose Israeli occupation of Gaza in 1956-7. Left Brotherhood to join Fatah in late50s, & built support for it in Kuwait. In Fatah-CC from 1968, where after Black September he argued for scaling down the Palestinian military presence in favour of smaller units > lost his position on CC in 1971. Took over as senior Fatah rep in the Gulf. Has remained within Fatah despite his often strongly disagreements with Arafat; appointed PNC deputy speaker in the 1980s.

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