In 1987 Nusseibeh became noteworthy for his meeting with representatives of Israels Likud Party, one of the first meetings between prominent Palestinians and the right-wing Likud Party. During the First Infitada, Nusseibeh worked to author the Palestinian declaration of independence and created the inner workings of a future Palestinian government. During the first Gulf War, Nusseibeh collaborated in Tel Aviv with Israeli Peace Now, a group that worked to prevent civilian deaths during the Gulf War. Nusseibeh was arrested by the Israeli government and accused of being an Iraqi spy. He was released from custody 90 days later, and was never formally charged with any crime. From 2001-2002, Nusseibeh served as the Palestinian Liberation Organizations (PLO) chief representative in Jerusalem. While serving as the PLOs representative in Jerusalem, Nusseibeh championed the idea of a two-state solution, suggesting that Palestinians give up their right to the pre-partition land in exchange for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In 2002, Nusseibeh and Shin Bet director, Ami Ayalon created The Peoples Voice, an Israeli-Palestinian publication that encourages peace between the two parties. Mr. Nusseibehs memoir, Once Upon A Country: A Palestinian Life (2007) has won critical acclaim from local and international critics.
Sari Nusseibeh was born to a distinguished Palestinian statesman, attended Christ Church at Oxford, and received his Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy from Harvard University. After leaving Harvard, Nusseibeh became a professor of philosophy at Birzeit University in the West Bank and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. While at Birzeit, Nusseibeh founded the Federation of Employees in the Education Sector for the West Bank. Later Nusseibeh taught philosophy at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, the only Arab University in Jerusalem. Nusseibeh became president of Al-Quds University. He also serves on the advisory board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University.