Muhammad Ali Ja'abari

Sheikh Muhammad Ali Ja'abari (Arabic: الشيخ محمد علي الجعبري‎ 1900–1980) was the long-serving mayor of the Palestinian city of Hebron, appointed by Jordan, from 1948 to 1976. Ja'abari was head of the Jericho Conference in Jericho which supported the unification of the West Bank and Jordan. In the 1950s, he held a seat in the upper chamber of the Jordanian government.[1]


After Israel occupied the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War, he proposed that Israel only remain in power for five years after which the Palestinians would reserve the right of self-determination. Apparently, it had been agreed with Israel that he would serve as the Prime Minister of a new Palestinian state.[2] He prominently opposed the violent nature of the fedayeen.[3] Throughout the 1970s, he was member of various Jordanian cabinets.[1]

Ja'abari died in 1980. He is related to Sulaiman Ja'abari, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Palestinian Personalities Archived 2008-05-05 at the Wayback Machine Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA).
  2. ^ The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War, Avi Raz, Yale University Press, 17 Jul 2012. pg. xiii.
  3. ^ Israel, Palestinians, and the Intifada: creating facts on the West Bank, Geoffrey Aronson, Institute for Palestine Studies (Washington, D.C.) - 1990- Page 46.