Henry Cattan was born in Jerusalem in 1906. A renowned international jurist, he was in legal practice in Palestine, and lectured at the Jerusalem Law School.He represented the Palestinians at the United Nations in 1947-48, and the League of Arab States during talks of Count Bernadotte, the UN mediator on Palestine. The Israeli occupation of West Jerusalem forced him into exile first into Damascus, later to beirut and finally to Paris. While in exile, he authored several books, including The Palestine Question and The Garden of Joys, both published by Saqi Books. He died in Paris in 1992.