Laith Shubeilat, Jordanian pro-Palestine activist, dies aged 80
A heart attack caused the death of Jordanian political activist, Laith Shubeilat, today, at the age of 80.
According to a report by the Ministry of Health, Jordanian political activist, Laith Shubeilat, died at the age of 80 after suffering a heart attack while he was at his home in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
Shubeilat, a Jordanian political activist, comes from a prominent political family. His father, Farhan Shubailat, was an ambassador to Jordan and an advisor to King Abdullah I. His brother, Ghaith Shubeilat, is a retired major general previously appointed to the National Assembly.
Laith Shubeilat entered the House of Representatives twice, in 1984 and 1989, winning the highest votes. He was later imprisoned during the 1989 session while he was a deputy, on several charges, including "plotting a coup".
Shubeilat was elected head of the Jordanian Engineers Association, twice, one of which was while he was in prison. He was assaulted and beaten several times.
Shubailat was known for his pro-Palestinian and anti-occupation stances. He was also criticized for supporting the resistance in Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, and Syria. His most important political role at the end of his life was his presidency of the Anti-Zionism and Racism Society in Jordan.