George bin Habib Antonius Haddad was a researcher, historian, translator, manager and politician from the town of Deir El Qamar in Lebanon. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, he studied at the Victoria College in Alexandria and then pursued higher studies at Cambridge University in England. He worked at the Municipality of Alexandria and joined the civil service in Palestine after World War I, where he became a leader in the Minister of Education and the British Administration. In 1927, he was summoned by the British delegation to serve as a mediator and translator during the negotiations between the British government and King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He also served as a translator for Mr. Charles Richard Crane in his interview with Ibn Saud in 1931. In 1939, Antonius was elected by the Arab Higher Committee of Palestine as a secretary to the Palestinian Arab delegation at the Round Table Conference in London. He also visited the United States and held several lectures about Arab history. Among his notable works includes a book entitled The Arab Awakening, which was written in English and later translated into Arabic.
Yasmeen Serhan 2015-07-20T11:47:42+00:00