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The Rise of Political Activism

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year: 
ca. 1930
BTD page #: 
106
BTD photo #: 
102
caption: 
Young political activists from Nablus just released from prison (ca. 1930) call on their lawyer, Adil Zu'aiter (seated), to thank him for his efforts on their behalf. The group is typical of a rising middle-class generation that was increasingly critical of the Palestinian leadership's exclusive reliance on diplomacy. Most of these men joined the Istiqlal (Independence) Party (see 100, 105). In addition to his legal practice, Zu'aiter was a prolific translator from French into Arabic; he translated works of Rousseau, Voltaire, Anatole France, Montesquieu, and Lamartine (see 358).