Husayn al-Khalidi

Husayn al-Khaldi
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
15 April 1957  24 April 1957
Monarch King Hussein
Preceded by Sulayman al-Nabulsi
Succeeded by Ibrahim Hashem
Personal details
Born 1895
Jerusalem, Ottoman Empire
Died 26 December 1966
Political party Reform party
Religion Sunni Islam

Husayn Fakhri al-Khalidi (Arabic: حسين فخري الخالدي, Ḥusayn Fakhri al-Khalidī, 1895–26 December 1966) was born in Jerusalem. He worked as medical doctor for the Department of Public Health in Aleppo. Khalidi was mayor of Jerusalem from 1934 to 1937, succeeding Raghib al-Nashashibi.

On 23 June 1935 he founded the Reform Party and on the formation of the Arab Higher Committee on 25 April 1937 was the party's representative on the AHC.[1]

al-Khalidi, seated in front, together with the four other deportees in Seychelles, 1938.

On 1 October 1937, following disturbances and violence during the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine, the British Mandate administration outlawed the AHC and several Arab political parties and arrested a number of Arab political leaders. The Reform Party was dissolved and Khalidi was one of the leaders arrested.[2][3] He was removed as mayor of Jerusalem and deported to the Seychelles, together with four other Arab nationalist political leaders.[2] He was released in December 1938[3] to enable him to take part in the London Conference in February 1939, and was among those rejecting the British Government's White Paper of 1939.

He returned to Palestine in 1943 and joined the reformed Arab Higher Committee in 1945, becoming its secretary in 1946. Khalidi was a member of the short-lived All-Palestine Government established under Egypt's patronage in Gaza in September 1948. He published a book of his memoirs in the same year, while exiled in Beirut.[4] He prospered under Jordanian rule, he was custodian and supervisor of the Haram al-Sharif in 1951, became a cabinet minister (for Foreign Affairs) and briefly prime minister in 1957.[5] In 1958, he wrote a book in English entitled Arab Exodus, though it has never been published.[4]

He died on 26 December 1966.[6]

He was the brother of Ismail Khalidi and the uncle of Rashid Khalidi and Raja Khalidi.[7]

See also


  1. Military Preparations of the Arab Community in Palestine, 1945-1948: 1945-1948, By Haim Levenberg, Routledge, 1993, p. 7
  2. 1 2 A Survey of Palestine - prepared in December 1945 and January 1946 for the information of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry. Reprinted 1991 by the Institute of Palestine Studies, Washington. Volume II. ISBN 0-88728-214-8. p.949
  3. 1 2 Saphire, William B. (1945-07-06). "Arab Propaganda Invades Canada and United States". The Canadian Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  4. 1 2 Episode 4
  5. A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel, Gudrun Krämer, translated by Graham Harman, Princeton University Press, 2008, p. 258
  6. Hussein Fakhri Al-Khalidi
  7. ISMAIL KHALIDI, 52, U.N. OFFICIAL, DIES, New York Times, September 6, 1968
Political offices
Preceded by
Sulayman al-Nabulsi
Prime Minister of Jordan
Succeeded by
Ibrahim Hashem
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