The Family Room

Welcome to the family room

I was born in Nablus, Palestine, many years ago, and graduated from the American University of Beirut in Business Administration and Economics.

I spent most of my working life with the United Nations mainly FAO in Rome, as a permanent staff member,  but also with other U.N. Specialized  Agencies: United Nations Office in Geneva, Unesco in Paris, Unido in Vienna, IFAD in Rome, IMO in London,  in addition to the World Bank in Washington D.C. I finally retired completely in 1998.

After about twenty five yeas in Rome I  moved together with my wife to Southern Spain where we lived for about twenty years and now we live in  Amman Jordan.

I have three wonderful sons and seven grand sons and daughters.

We are all so very proud being members of the Anabtawi family.

But who are the Anabtawi's ?

According to the Wikipedia free Encyclopedia:
"Anabtawi is a surname of a Palestinian family and clan from Nablus, The family name came from the former place of residence of the founding father, Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Omar, who migrated from the town of Anabta to Nablus in the eighteen hundreds AD.
Although Nablus remains the hometown of the Anabtawi family to this day, many have had to migrate and spread throughout the world.

The family was known to work in trading, and like most Palestinian families was later involved in politics and the resistance movements against the occupation of Palestine by the British and the Israelis afterwards."
It was also said that the roots of the family go back to a Crusading royalty from Europe who first settled in Hebron and later in the town of Anabta near Nablus.
It was even said that the family was descendant from some Pharaoh by the name Anabta.
But mythology apart, available records confirm that the roots of the family go deep into the soil of the Palestinian town of Anabta about 15 km to the west of Nablus and point to one by the name of Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Omar as founder of the family. Omar had two sons: Ibrahim, and Khalil . Ibrahim moved to Nablus in the 18th century AD and established a soap factory. He was a very wealthy man who owned land to the west of Nablus that took 18 days to cross by foot from one end of the property to the other. Before his death, Ibrahim turned all this land and properties on it into a waqf endowment for the benefit of the poor. The original certificate of this endowment that contains details of the property is in the custody of Adnan Fayek Farid Anabtawi.
Ibrahim had 12 sons and a good number of grandsons and daughters. One of his grandsons was named Farid. Farid was my grandfather.

Farid Muhammad Anabtawi ( 1870 - 1960)
Farid had 3 sons:
- Fayek (1899-1960),
- Rawhi (d. during WWI never married)-
- Mustafa (d.1973).
Farid's Biography:
Head of the extended Anabtawi Family'
Head of the Arab Party in Nablus District
Member of the Arab Supreme Commission of Palestine.
Member of the upper House of Parliament, Majlis al-Aayan (Jordan Senate) (d. 13.12.1960)

Fayek Farid Anabtawi ( 1899-1960)
Fayek had 4 sons and 2 daughters: Adnan, Munzer, Hani, Wael, Hanan, Najat.
He got his first university degree from the Sultani Ottoman University in Beirut then joined the Medical Collage in Istanbul but was drafted by the Ottoman army after the second year and remained in the army until the end of WW1 when he was taken prisoner of war by the British army.
When he was released two years later he joined his father's business. But when the Zionists with the help and encouragement of the British began implementing their dream of taking over Palestine and the creation of Israel, Fayek's attention shifted towards the struggle for Palestine. Together wit h his father, they led the resistance movement in the district of Nablus and participated in the various national political organs for the organization and coordination of resistance activities in the country.
When Nablus and the rest of the West Bank were taken over by Jordan following the creatain of Israel, Fayek continued his role in resisting the the British policies in Jordan as dictated by their agent, the British born Glub Pasha the chief of staff of the Jordanian army. To make his voice better heard he ran for the parliamentary elections in 1956 and was soon elected Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Commission. Soon after that, his father Farid became member of the Jordanian Senate (Majlis Al-A'yan.
Fayek finally passed away on November 24, 1960 and his father followed him two weeks later.
Fayek had four sons, Adnan, Munzer, Hani, Wael and two daughters, Hanan and Najat.

This is the house of the family in Nablus, built in 1928. It is now a school