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last updated Jan. 9, 2010 2:43 PM (EST+7)
Said Siam
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Palestinian politics Hamas
Said Siam, a member of Hamas, was minister of interior and civil affairs in the government formed by Hamas between March 2006 and March 2007.

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Siam was born in Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza in 1959. His family is originally from al-Jora village in Asqalan (now Ashkelon, in southern Israel). He graduated from the Teachers College in Ramallah with a diploma in teaching science and mathematics, and then continued his studies at al-Quds Open University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Islamic education. He worked as a teacher at UNRWA schools in Gaza from 1980 until 2003 and was a member of the Arab Employees Union in UNRWA. Siam headed the teachers’ committee for seven years and was a member of the board of trustees of the Islamic University in Gaza.

Siam is considered a member of the ‘moderate wing’ of Hamas. He represented Hamas in the Higher Follow-Up Committee of the National and Islamic Forces in Gaza, was a member of the Hamas politburo. He headed the department of external relations in the Hamas movement. He was placed under administrative detention four times by the Israeli army during the first Intifada and was deported to Marj Zuhur in South Lebanon in 1992 for a year. In 1995 he was arrested by the Palestinian military intelligence apparatus, following a series of bombing operations in Israel.

Said Siam was killed in an Israeli bombing of his home during Israeli invasion into Gaza in the winter of 2008.
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