Supporters of LFPME were deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of Samira Hassassian, the wife of the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Manual Hassassian.
The Ambassador and Samira were married for over 30 years and first met at Birzeit College as students in 1972. The Ambassador described his wife as a “determined and courageous woman with a huge heart” adding that she “played not only a supportive role in the UK but a very instrumental role for the Embassy”.
Born in Bethlehem, Samira Hassassian taught at the University of Bethlehem for over two decades. She was a Board Member of Open Bethlehem, Patron of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), a member of the Palestinian Women’s General Union and had also worked at the Bethlehem Peace Centre. In the UK, Samira Hassassian helped set up the UK’s first Palestinian Trade Fair, secured ISS membership for Palestine and strengthened the Embassy’s ties with women’s groups and civil society groups in the UK.
Many people were touched by her warmth and inspired by her courage; she will be deeply missed. Samira fought a brave and dignified battle against cancer.
On behalf of LFPME I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to our friend the Ambassador Manual Hassassian, their children, and family.
Simon Danczuk MP
Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine & the Middle East
Messages of condolences for the Ambassador can be sent to the Embassy at:
5 Galena Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0LT