Yafa Newspapers Digitalized by Zajel Volunteers
The newspapers released in Yafa between 1925 and 1939 have
been digitalized by the volunteers of the Palestine Media
Unit of the Zajel Youth Exchange Program; a Program based at
the Public Relations Department of An-Najah National
The Newspapers of Aldefa, Falastein, Aljamea Alislameyeh,
Aljehad and Alyarmuk were digitalized in high resolution,
large-sizes versions. Hundreds of issues were digitalized in
order to preserve the story they chronicle. This initiative
originated with Zajelís volunteers in the wake of what they
have seen over the past four years: the daily and systematic
destruction of Palestinians homes, shops, associations and
heritage in total disregard for their importance to the
heritage and legacy of the Palestinian people.
The newspapers of Yafa were available in hard copy at the
Nablus Municipality Library, but because of the clear and
present danger of losing them through random attack normally
befalling the city, the volunteers at Zajel attempted their
best to preserve these symbols of our collective past. This
legacy in its renovated form is priceless. Unique copies of
the story of Palestine told by people who lived it are now
available on seventeen CD ROM. These digital recordings will
be made available to different Palestinian libraries.
These newspapers should be viewed as one of the most
important means of obtaining first hand information about
the modern history of Palestine; the period between 1925 and
1939, when Palestine was threatened by Jewish migrants
coming to Palestine from Europe. The dailies show daily
Palestinian life of the period through social, political,
economical and cultural lenses.
One can learn about the Palestinian revolution against the
British Mandate, the Six Months Strike of 1936, the unending
Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence, as well
as getting acquainted with the commercial activities of one
of the most important cities of Palestine: Yafa.
A presentation of this project was shown to local
associations of the city of Nablus. These political
organizations also included non-governmental organizations
interested in this undertaking. The latter demonstrates a
high national spirit on behalf of the volunteers at Zajel.
As of this writing, they are working on different projects
aimed at preserving the Palestinian heritage, its culture,
oral history and legacy.
A digital copy of these newspapers was gifted to the
municipal library of Nablus and another one to the
university library. Zajel considers this project as merely
the first step of a grand effort aimed at converting all
kinds of Palestinian documents into digital format;
including Palestinian deeds to the lands of the 1948
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'Read all about it!' Falastin, Al Dafaa'
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