Hasan El-Hasan was born in Beit-Eiba, a small Palestinian village near the city of Nablus, when Palestine was under the British Mandate. He lived through the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, then the annexation of the West Bank to Jordan. He witnessed the defeat of the Arab armies, the exodus of the Palestinians, the total dissolution of their community and the ensuing chaos in the 1948 war. The Iraqi military contingent camp was on his village's land in 1948 but did nothing. Asked why his unit was not helping the Egyptian military to defend Palestine, the Iraqi commanding officer replied, "We have no orders to fight." The puzzles and contradictions of these events led to his future research.After completing high school in the West Bank, Mr. El-Hasan earned his teaching credentials in Nablus and taught math and science in its secondary schools. Later he came to the United States, where he earned a B.S. degree in electronics engineering and enjoyed a successful career in technology. He then earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Riverside.
Mr. El-Hasan contributes articles to on-line publications including Palestine Chronicle.