KHAZMO, JACK (1951-)

Born in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1951 into a Palestinian Syriac Orthodox family; attended St. George’s School in Jerusalem; received a BSc in Chemistry from the AUB in 1973; worked as a teacher of Science and Mathematics at the Lutheran School from 1973-83; also worked as publisher and editor of the monthly literary magazine Al-Bayader from 1976-93 and as Office Manager of the Catholic Relief Services - Rural Development Program from 1977-82; since 1981, founder, editor-in-chief and publisher (together with his wife Nada), Al-Bayader As-Siyasi weekly magazine; served as Chairman of St. Mark’s Welfare Association in Jerusalem from 1984-85 and from 1995-2001 and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Syrian Orthodox Clinic in Bethlehem from 1989-93; was a member of the Middle East Council of Churches - Media and Communications Committee from 1990-94; served as Chairman of St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox ‘Waqf’ Committee in Palestine from 1990-97; worked as editor of Al-Hikma (Wisdom) Syrian Orthodox Quarterly from 1990-2001; was columnist for the London-based Al-Kalima Mamnu’a Magazine from 1990-2004; served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the International Christian Committee (ICC) in Jerusalem from 1998-2004; member of the Executive Middle East regional committee of the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC) since 2004; is also a columnist for Tishreen daily newspaper in Damascus and a member of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.