Khalid's grandfather, Ahmad Hilmi Abdul Baqi, son of an officer
in the Ottoman army, was a poet and a Palestinian nationalist.
He participated in the government of Emir Faysal in Syria (1919)
as Director General of the Ministry of Finance. In 1922, he became
Mushawir (Minister) for the Finances in the government of Emir
Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. In 1937, the British mandate authorities
in Palestine exiled him to the Secheylles Island, along with several
other Palestinian leaders.
Both Khalid's father and grandfather believed in the national
aspirations of their people and their legitimate struggle for
their political and economic independence. They both devoted their
lives to participating actively in building the nation. Abdul
Hameed Shoman founded a bank that grew into a financial empire
extending from Australia to New York, from Jordan to Morocco.
Ahmad Hilmi took part in defending Jerusalem during the 1948 war
in Palestine and later became Prime Minister of the All Palestine
Government in Gaza (1948) . He represented his country, Palestine,
in the Arab League, till his death in 1963.