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Aref al-Aref

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1891
  • Age: 130
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F (1891 - 30 July 1973) is a Palestinian journalist, author, historian and politician from a Jerusalemite family. Born in Jerusalem in 1891, he studied in Istanbul and joined the Literary Forum until he joined the Ottoman Army in World War I. He was captured and spent three years in a prisoner of war prison in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, from where he escaped after the Russian Revolution and returned to Palestine.

Aref al-Arif edited the first Palestinian national newspaper published after the First World War, the Southern Syria newspaper, which was published in Jerusalem since 1919. Palestinian nationalism. The British arrested him in 1920 after the violence that year. He and his companion, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, fled to Syria. He was sentenced in absentia to ten years for inciting violence. The Southern Syria newspaper was closed down by the British in 1920. Al Aref returned to Palestine in 1929. He became mayor of the Maqam under the British Mandate between 1933 and 1948.

After the partition of Palestine in 1948, he served as a ministerial officer in the Jordanian government and became the mayor of Jerusalem between 1950 and 1955, and in 1963 he was appointed director of the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem.
Aref Al Aref died on July 30, 1973 in Ramallah.



Achievements and Awards

his writings
History of Beersheba and its Tribes (there is a copy bearing the author's signature on August 27, 1941 in Dr. Akram Hamdan's private library in his home in London),

Detailed history of Jerusalem
History of the Temple Mount
Gaza history
Elimination among the Bedouins
Christianity in Jerusalem
Brief History of Ashkelon
The Nakba of Palestine and the Lost Paradise in five volumes, and other publications and translations.


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