First Jewish man elected to Fatah Council

By Jessica Elgot, August 17, 2009
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Dr Uri Davis is the first man of Jewish descent elected to Fatah

Dr Uri Davis is the first man of Jewish descent elected to Fatah

An academic who renounced his Israeli citizenship is the first man of Jewish descent to be elected to Fatah’s Revolutionary Council.

Dr Uri Davis, 66, a lecturer at Al-Quds University, received Palestinian citizenship when he renounced his Israeli passport in the 1980s in protest of what he calls Israel’s “apartheid politics”. He was one of 700 Fatah members who were competing for 89 seats in the Council.

Dr Davis, who is married to a Palestinian woman and lives in Ramallah, was elected on a ticket to represent “non-Arabs who support the Palestinian cause”.

He has said that he does not consider himself Jewish and has been a member of Fatah for 25 years.

I am of Jewish descent, and was born in Jerusalem in 1943 before the establishment of the racist State of Israel. I oppose Zionism

Dr Uri Davis

He said: “I am of Jewish descent, and was born in Jerusalem in 1943 before the establishment of the racist State of Israel. I oppose Zionism.”

He describes himself as "a Palestinian Hebrew national of Jewish origin, anti-Zionist, registered as Muslim and a citizen of an apartheid state".

Once in government, he insists he will back an international Israeli boycott and push for tough conditions.

    Last updated: 11:51am, August 17 2009