Palestinian People's Party (Al-Hizb Al-Sha?abi Al-Filastini, Sometimes Translated as Palestinian Popular Party)
PALESTINIAN PEOPLE'S PARTY (al-Hizb al-Shaʿabi al-Filastini, sometimes translated as Palestinian Popular Party)
Name since October 1991 of the former Palestine Communist Party (PCP). The Palestinian People's Party (PPP) advocated a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian problem. A member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) since 1987, this group supported the policies of Yasir Arafat. In January 1992 the party split; Georges Hazbun, vice president of the confederation of West Bank unions, resigned to found the Palestinian Democratic Assembly (PDA). In 1994, opposed to certain clauses of the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo Accords of 1993 and 1994, several figures in the PPP distanced themselves from the policies of Arafat. Its principal leaders have included: Bashir Barghuti (secretary general until 1998), Mustafa Barghuti (secretary general 1998–2003), Bassam al-Salhi (secretary general), Suleiman Najjab, Fuʾad Riziq, Abdul Majid Hamdan, Walid ʿAwad, and Ghassan Khatib, Palestinian Authority minister of labor.