The Institute for Palestine Studies is delighted to announce the launch of a new platform hosting the complete archives of the Al Quds newspaper.
Al Quds (1908-1914) was the first Arabic language private newspaper to be published in Palestine. Its publisher was Jurgi Habib Hanania, who established his own printing press in Jerusalem. The year 1908 is considered by many to be the point of departure for journalism in Palestine. While Al Quds was the first to appear, others followed, and it has been reported that there were as many as 15 permits issued to newspapers or magazines in 1908 alone. Not surprisingly, their coverage varied widely, as did their frequency of publication, and also their period of survival. In any case, all of these publications as well as later ones ceased to appear with the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Jurji Hanania’s Al Quds never reappeared. This digital collection is derived from the original paper collection owned by the Hanania family, who generously gifted it to IPS.