Not many Palestinians were familiar with the name Uri Davis until yesterday when the media reported that the “Jewish member of Fateh” had been nominated for a spot on the movement’s Revolutionary Council. Davis, recruited into Fateh in the 1980’s by assassinated Fateh leader Khalil Al Wazir, was born in Jerusalem in the early forties to Jewish immigrants who believed in the Zionist dream.

Obviously, Davis did not adopt his parents’ ideologies, calling himself a “Palestinian Jew.” An academic, Davis has been an avid proponent of human rights, Palestinian especially, and an opponent of the nature of Israel as a Jewish state. In 1987, he wrote a book entitled, “Israel: an apartheid state” and penned his autobiography in 1995 entitled, “An autobiography of an anti-Zionist Palestinian Jew.”

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