Al-Sarih - الصريح
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Title: Al-Sarih - الصريح
Available online: 30 December 1947 - 29 December 1951 (110 issues; 411 pages)
Region: The Middle East
Country: Mandatory Palestine
Collection: Jrayed - Arabic Newspaper Archive of Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine
Al-Sarih was a weekly newspaper founded by the journalist Hashim al-Saba' (Qalqiliya, 1912-1958). Al-Saba', an opponent of the British Mandate, was a member of the Independence (Istiqlal) party that advocated Arab national unity. He was also opposed to the competition between the two main Jerusalem families — Husseini and Nashashibi— for leadership of the Arab community. Al-Saba' was of the opinion that next to the Mandate and the Zionist movement, the Arab leadership in general and the Palestinian leadership in particular posed the main obstacle to the liberation of the Palestinian Arabs. Therefore, alongside his political activities, al-Saba' sought to establish a critical newspaper that would focus on exposing the faulty leadership of the ruling authorities, as well as the local and national leadership. According to many accounts, al-Saba' was not an honest broker, and that he was selective in his criticism and even blackmailed certain people and organizations. Al-Saba' began his studies at Al-Azhar University in Cairo in 1924, and shortly after transferred to Cairo University. He went back to Palestine for a visit during the summer break of 1933 but, because of the security situation at the time, was barred from returning to Cairo. In 1934 he moved to Jaffa and began to work as a school teacher and remained there until the beginning of 1948. Together with other journalists in Jaffa (such as Mas'ud Jamil, Akram al-Khalidi, and Najib Faranjiyya) he was active in founding other newspapers (Al-Huriyya in 1945 and Nida al-Ard in 1946), and at the end of 1947 published an independent newspaper called al-Sarih. In April al-Saba' moved to Jenin where he published no more than four issues (9-13) of the paper and from there made his way to Egypt (May 14th, 1948). He remained in Egypt for a year, having spent half of that time in jail. Upon his return to the country in 1949 he restarted publication of the newspaper, this time in Nablus (apparently from issue 14, on June 18th, 1948). A month later, he moved to Jerusalem, and continued to publish the newspaper from there until November (or January) 1958, when publication ceased with his sudden death. Al-Saba' was the newspaper’s owner, editor, and main writer. Other writers sporadically contributed articles to the newspaper; occasionally the paper reprinted articles that had been published in foreign or local newspapers. As was common during the period of Jordanian rule, when an order was issued to close the paper, al-Saba' would publish it in Jerusalem under the name Al-Shabab (at least during the years 1951–1952).
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