Abd al-Karim al-Karmi (1909–11 October 1980), was born in Tulkarm, known as Abu Salma. He studied law and worked in Haifa in Mandatory Palestine until April 1948. He then moved briefly to Acre and then to Damascus. He was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He was the recipient of several awards and chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Writers and Journalists until his death.