Issa El-Issa

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Issa El-Issa
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Died29 June 1950

Issa Daoud El-Issa (Arabic: ﻋﻴﺴﻰ ﺩﺍﻭﺩ ﺍﻟﻌﻴﺴﻰ‎, his surname also spelt al Issa and Elissa) was a Palestinian Christian[1] poet and journalist. With his cousin Yousef El-Issa, he founded and edited the biweekly newspaper Filastin in 1911, based in his hometown of Jaffa.[2] Filastin became one of the most prominent and long running in the country at the time, was dedicated to Arab Nationalism, Palestinian Nationalism and the cause of the Arab Orthodox in their struggle with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem.[3] He was passionately opposed to Zionism and Jewish immigration to Palestine.[4]


Exiled during World War I, al-Issa became chief of the royal court in Damascus during King Faisal's government. During that time, he required the publishers of Damascus-based newspapers to dedicate half of their newspaper columns to the Palestinian cause as perquisite to receiving their monthly salaries. Al-Issa was elected to the 7th Congress of the Arab Executive Committee (AEC) in June 1928 as a representative of Jaffa. During his time on the committee, he joined the National Defense Party, the opposition to Hajj Amin al-Husayni's sympathizers on the AEC. Al-Issa hosted several Arab Christian-Orthodox conferences in Mandatory Palestine and Transjordan. His son Raja El-Issa succeeded him as the publisher of Filastin. On 29 June 1950, al-Issa died in Beirut, Lebanon.[4][5][6][7] Issa once experienced an assassination attempt in August 1936.[8]

Issa al Issa with his child in Jaffa

See also[edit]

Falastin newspaper

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "a descendant of an ancient Christian Family of Palestine", El Issa's Open Letter to Herbert Samuel, 1922
  2. ^ Palestinian Personalities, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA), retrieved 25 Jul 2007
  3. ^ Emanuel Beška (2016). From Ambivalence to Hostility: The Arabic Newspaper Filastin and Zionism, 1911–1914. Slovak Academic Press. Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  4. ^ a b "Issa al Issa's Unorthodox Orthodoxy: Banned in Jerusalem, Permitted in Jaffa". Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  5. ^ "Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities". Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  6. ^ Toksoz, Meltem; Kolluoğlu, Biray (2014-08-25). Cities of the Mediterranean: From the Ottomans to the Present Day. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9780857711403.
  7. ^ Khalidi, R. (2006-09-01). The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood. Beacon Press. ISBN 9780807003152.
  8. ^ Cohen, H. (2008-01-03). Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917–1948. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520252219.

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