Leila Shahid

Leila Shahid (born in Beirut in 1949) is, since 2006, is the envoy of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the European Commission in Brussels.

Shahid was the official representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Ireland from 1989, in Netherlands (1990), then the PA in France where she had taken office in Paris in 1993.

Dr. Shahid was a great grandson of the Baha’i prophet Baha’u’llah through his maternal grandfather, Abdu’l-Baha. He was excommunicated from the Baha’i Faith for marrying Serene Husseini, because the Baha’i leader at the time, Shoghi Effendi, disapproved of the marriage due to her background as a member of a prominent and politically powerful Muslim family.

Although she is the great-great-granddaughter of Baha’u’llah, she is not a Baha’i herself.


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