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George Antonius

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1892
  • Age: 123
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Born in Deir Al-Qamar, Lebanon, in 1892 into a Greek-Orthodox Christian Lebanese family; writer and politician; educated in Victoria College, Alexandria; graduated with a BA in Mechanical Science from King’s College, Cambridge University, in 1913; worked as Deputy Press Censor in Alexandria during WWI; came to Palestine in 1921 and started a civil service career in the Education Dept. and the Secretariat (from 1927) of the British Mandate Executive; served as an interpreter in negotiations to a British diplomatic mission in Arabia in the mid-1920s; obtained Palestinian citizenship in 1925; served as an advisor to Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini; resigned from British service in 1930 in protest over British discrimination policy against Palestinians; began his work as Middle Eastern Associate of the Charles R. Crane’s Institute of Current World Affairs, New York, during which time (1930s) he accompanied Crane on trips to the region and researched and began writing a book on Arab nationalism; appeared before the Peel Commission 1936-37; declined the offer for a visiting professorship at Columbia University for the 1936-37 academic year in order to complete his major work on Arab nationalism, The Arab Awakening (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1938); member of the Palestinian delegation to the London Conference, St. James’s Palace, in Feb. 1939, functioning as Secretary to the Palestinian delegation and as Sec.-Gen. to the United Arab delegation; moved to Beirut in 1939, seeking wartime employment, unsuccessfully offering his services first to the British, then to the Americans; traveled to Baghdad in April 1941, offering his services as a mediator between irreconcilable forces in Iraq; returned sick with an ulcer to Beirut and a short time after to Jerusalem, where he died on 21 May 1942.


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