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Arif Pasha Dajani

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Arif Pasha Dajani (died 1930), mayor of Jerusalem during World War I. Immediately after the war he headed the Muslim-Christian Society in Jerusalem. Between 27 January and 10 February 1919, twenty-seven of these societies, which had been formed in different parts of the country, assembled in Jerusalem under his presidency to constitute the First Palestinian National Congress. The congress demanded an independent Palestinian government federated with Syria; it rejected Zionist political claims but offered equal rights to native Jews. This was the first of seven Palestinian national congresses that were held between 1919 and 1928 (see 78, 82-83, 87, 89).