(1929–2004), Palestinian statesman, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization 1968–2004 and Palestinian president 1996–2004. He became leader of the new Palestine National Authority in 1994, following the signing of a PLO-Israeli peace accord for which he shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.
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