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Palestinian Arab Front

Palestinian Arab Front
Leader Jameel Shihadeh
Founded 1993 (1993)
Split from Arab Liberation Front
Headquarters Ramallah, Palestine
Newspaper Al-Jamahir,
Politics of Palestine
Political parties

Palestinian Arab Front (in Palestine Liberation Organization.


  • History 1
  • Policies 2
  • Organization 3
    • Mass organizations 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The PAF has its roots in the Fatah and the Palestinian National Authority, while the ALF remained staunchly loyal to Baghdad. The PAF, a very minor faction within PNA politics, has verbally supported the al-Aqsa Intifada, but it is unclear whether it performed any actual military activity.

The group supported the candidature of Mahmoud Abbas in the 2005 presidential elections.[1]

PAF also took part in the 2006 legislative election with the list 'Freedom and Independence' (الحرية والاستقلال) in the national constituency. The list had 10 candidatures, 8 from the West Bank and 2 from the Gaza strip. Two candidates were women. The list was headed by Salim al-Bardeni. In total the list got 4,398 votes (0.44%), which was far below the 2%-barrier to gain parliamentary representation. The group had one candidate in one of the provincial constituencies, Ishak Mahmoud Ishak Bahis in the Hebron Governorate. He got 3,446 votes.[2]


According to its own proclamations, PAF supports the right of Palestinian refugees "wishing to return to their homes [to] live at peace with their neighbours," in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194;[3] formation of an independent Palestinian state within the borders of 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital, releasing Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, destruction of the Israeli West Bank barrier; and evacuation of Israeli settlements from the West Bank.[4]

Its long-term goals include Arab unity, political integration of the Arab nation of all current Arab states. It promotes strengthening of the Arab League and increased Arab economic cooperation. The front promotes increased cooperation amongst Islamic countries.

The front vows to fight against all forms of financial and administrative corruption and the elimination of favoritism. It claims to strive to increase participation of women in Palestinian society.[5]


The organization is led by a Central Committee and a Palestinian National and Islamic Forces, which includes both PLO and non-PLO factions.[7] It publishes the magazine Al-Jamahir (الجماهير, 'The Masses') and the bulletin At-Tajdid (التجديد, 'Renewal').

Mass organizations

PAF has a network of front organizations,[5] including

  • Palestinian Union of Students Struggle Committees (اتحاد لجان كفاح الطلبة الفلسطيني)
  • Union of Teachers Struggle Committees (اتحاد لجان كفاح المعلمين)
  • Society for the Promotion of the Family (جمعية النهوض بالاسرة)
  • Settlement Committee (لجنة الاستيطان)
  • Palestinian Union of Women's Struggle Committees (اتحاد لجان كفاح المرأة الفلسطيني)
  • Palestinian Union of Workers Struggle Committees (اتحاد لجان كفاح العمال الفلسطيني)
  • Al-Quds Charitable Society (جمعية القدس الخيرية)
  • Land and Charity Society (جمعية البر والاحسان)


  1. ^ Solving the Refugee Problem: An Entry Visa into the Presidential Elections - Fatmah Nassar
  2. ^ Election results of the 2006 legislative elections
  3. ^ "United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 (III) 11 December 1948", MidEastWeb, retrieved May 14, 2006
  4. ^ PAF 2005 Al-Nakba statement
  5. ^ a b Palestinian National Information Centre - Palestinian Arab Front
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Statement issued by the National and Islamic Forces - February 10, 2001

External links

  • PAF website
  • 37th anniversary declaration of PAF
  • Newsarticle on the 37th PAF anniversary meeting in Khan Younis
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