Al-Ghadd - الغد- القدس
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Title: Al-Ghadd - الغد- القدس
Available online: 6 July 1945 - 23 May 1947 (37 issues)
Region: The Middle East
Country: Mandatory Palestine
Collection: Jrayed - Arabic Newspaper Archive of Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine
Al-Ghadd (Tomorrow) was a socialist newspaper published by the “Association of Arab Intellectuals in Palestine.” The paper’s slogan, describing its objectives and aims, appeared as a banner on the front cover: “The Mission of Conscious Nationalism and Free Culture.” The opening article presented the ideas underlying the newspaper’s publication. Notable among these ideas was the aim to learn from the lessons of the past and work toward the establishment of a national movement based on a free, open, and creative cultural atmosphere, and what was called “constructive nationalism” (al-mulkiyya al-insha’iyya). Constructive nationalism was not to be based on fanaticism with regard to ethnicity, race, or religion, but would cooperate with other nations to establish a ‘healthy and pleasant” reality in which every human being could grow and create freely; this would include a free-market economy and a liberal-democratic regime. This article constituted a manifesto for the establishment of a positive “national consciousness,” which the newspaper’s editors hoped would help to overcome the destructive situation into which Palestinian society found itself as a result of the political crises it was facing. A review of the articles that appeared in the first edition is indicative of the values that undergirded the newspaper for the three years of its publication. The title of the first article, written by the famed Lebanese author and journalist Raif Khouri (1913-1967), perfectly expresses the newspaper’s objectives: “The Palestinian Question and the New Situation: A Call to Unity on the Path to National Governance.” The next article by Dr. Khalil al-Budayri, “Treatise on Medicine and Medical Doctors,” argues that a healthy society is based on healthy individuals and that the human being, as opposed to other animals, is characterized by the fact that he is endowed with a mission in life. The third article, by author and journalist Emil Habibi, discusses how “Imperialism Dominates in New Ways.” Another article, by an anonymous female writer (Mrs. R. B.) points to the problem of Arab society’s attitude toward women in general and the need for the integration of women into society. The issue also published an article on political economics in which author Sami Habibi outlined ways to establish a positive national economy that is open to other national markets. The issue also devoted several pages to literature, poetry, and culture, including a review of works by Western writers, as well as a letter to Arab youth. A majority of the authors were aligned with the Arab socialist movement, and some were even members of socialist organizations that strongly opposed Zionist ideology and the “antidemocratic capitalist” Mandatory regime. It is clear from later issues of the newspaper that the journal’s editors were preoccupied with the nature of political regimes, and did not refrain from stressing the importance of cultured democracy. It is not clear when the newspaper ceased publication, likely in 1948.
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