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Fatah (Arabic فتح) is a Palestinian secular nationalist organization.[1] The name itself is a reverse acronym of Harakat al-Tahrir al-Watani al-Filastini. The organization's founder and leader until his death was Yasir Arafat[2]. It is currently headed by Farouk Kaddoumi, the secretary-general of the Fatah central committee. Politically, Fatah falls left-of-center, bordering on socialism. Fatah has observer status with Socialist International.[3] Mahmoud Abbas, a member of Fatah, is currently the president of the Palestinian National Authority.[4]


  1. Fatah Official Website
  2. Fatah at the Jewish Virtual Library
  3. SI Member Parties
  4. BBC News Profile - Mahmoud Abbas