Palestinian politician who was revered for his "poetry of protest." He was first elected to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in 1973 he was a strong advocate for Arab rights.
He studied Literature in the Soviet Union before returning home to Palestine.
His report on Israeli prison conditions uncovered evidence of the use of torture and he was the Mayor of Nazareth at the time of his death.
He was born and raised in Nazareth.
He died in a car accident while returning from an event welcoming Yasser Arafat home from exile.