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The Yasser Arafat Square is situated in the Ramallah city center, at the site known historically as the "Clock Tower Roundabout". The Municipality sought for it to represent the nature of the leader’s personality, which ranged from strength to firmness in positions. The monument resembles a lighthouse, representing the leader as the symbol of the Palestinian people and its cause. His intimate relationship with his people is symbolized by the water at the bottom of the structure. The young lad, who is holding the flag of Palestine near the top of the lighthouse/tower symbolizes President Yasser Arafat’s dream of liberation, and is an expression of his famous statement: "A day will come when one of our boys or girls will raise the flag of Palestine over the walls of Jerusalem, the minarets of Jerusalem, and the churches of Jerusalem”.
Yasser Arafat, who was known as “Abu 'Ammar,” and who has many titles, including the “old man”, was born in August 1929, and died on 11 November 2004. He is considered the spiritual father and the actual founder of the Palestinian revolution, through the Fatah movement, in addition to being a symbol of the Palestinian cause and its struggles in peace and war. In 1996, Arafat, whose real name was Mohammad Abdel-Raouf Al-Qudwah, was elected president of the Palestinian National Authority, and chaired the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization since 1969. He was also the commander in chief of the Fatah movement, which he had founded with his associates, and which constituted the spark of the Palestinian revolution in 1965.
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