The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) expressed great sorrow at the death of long-serving ATFP Board Member Dr. Mohammed K. Shadid, who passed away yesterday after a prolonged illness.
Dr. Shadid was the Deputy Director-General for Operations at the Welfare Association and head of the Consortium managing the World-Bank-funded PNGO-Project in Palestine. Since 1987, he worked with the Welfare Association on social and economic development programs involving needs assessment studies, grant-making, and monitoring & evaluation of projects. Dr. Shadid was a founder and/or co-founder of a number of economic and social development institutions in Palestine, in addition to serving on several Boards of civil society organizations.
Dr. Shadid published extensively on social and economic developments in the West Bank and Gaza as well as on regional and international issues of the Middle East. Among his most notable books was a landmark study on "The United States and the Palestinians" published by Palgrave Macmillan in 1981. Dr. Shadid held a PhD in political science from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He worked as a professor of political science at several universities in the United States, as well as at An-Najah University in Nablus.
ATFP Pres. Ziad J. Asali said, "Mohammad was a man of wisdom, integrity and commitment. He provided tangible help to Palestinians as he advanced the cause of peace. We will miss him greatly as a friend and an ATFP Board Member. With great sorrow, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Sanaa and the rest of his family."