Nasser Kidwa

Nasser Kidwa, born in Gaza in 1954, is a member of Fatah's Central Committee (CC) and the Palestinian National Council (PNC), which he joined in 1975. He has been a member of Fatah since 1969 and is currently the head of its Media, Culture, and Intellectual Affairs Commission. He is also Yasser Arafat’s nephew.

Kidwa has had a rocky relationship with Mahmoud Abbas, and is thought to be on good terms with Mohammed Dahlan. In May 2018, Kidwa reportedly tendered his resignation from the CC over the results of the PNC meeting that month. The resignation was rejected by Mahmoud Aloul (deputy-chairman of the Fatah's CC).

After serving as the PLO’s representative to the United Nations between 1991-2005, Kidwa briefly served as Palestinian foreign minister in 2005. He played a key role bringing Palestine’s case against Israel’s separation wall to the International Court of Justice, which issued an advisory opinion declaring the wall’s illegality in 2004. Since 2007, Kidwa has held various international roles including the UN secretary general’s special envoy to Afghanistan, the Arab League envoy to Syria under Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi, and the Arab League’s special envoy to Libya.