|Biographical detail : ||Lawyer and broadcaster who spoke out on the plight of the Palestinians.
Professor Musa Mazzawi was a passionate and articulate advocate for the Palestinian cause. His views were published in detail in ‘Palestine and the Law’ (1997). His interest in world affairs led him into academia and subsequent specialisation in public international law.
Having combined broadcasting with other work for many years, Mazzawi became something of a household name in the 1960s and 70s. For 20 years he presented a BBC World Service programme in Arabic on current affairs in Britain.
Professor Mazzawi helped to found the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, the Arab Club of Britain and the Palestine Red Crescent.
Mazzawi worked closely with the League of Arab State in London, and alongside the most prominent Arab leaders – was often consulted by Yasser Arafat in helping to shape PLO policies.
Musa Mazzawi was born into a middle class Arab family in Palestine. He arrived in Britain at the age of 21, took a degree in law, followed by a master and doctorate and became a member of Gray’s Inn. He was called to the bar in 1950.