National Liberation League in Palestine


National Liberation League in Palestine

The National Liberation League in Palestine (Arabic: عصبة التحرر الوطني في فلسطين‎, osbat at taharrur al watani fi falastin) was a political party in Palestine, founded in early 1944 by Arab members of the Palestine Communist Party (which had experienced a split between Jewish and Arab members the previous year), Bulus Farah and his followers, and "other radical intellectuals and trade unionists."[1] The founders included Haidar Abdel-Shafi, Mukhlis Amer, Emil Habibi, Mufid Nashashibi and Emile Toma. It published the al-Ittihad newspaper in Haifa, a journal which still exists. It was the only Arab Palestinian party to support the 1947 UN Partition Plan, in line with the official position of the Soviet Union.

In October 1948, After the formation of the State of Israel, the NLL merged with Maki in an unusual way. Since both Arab and Jewish Communists still hoped to establish two states on the terms of the UN Partition Plan, it was decided that the Maki and NLL party organizations would merge in the areas that the UN had laid out for a Jewish state, while the NLL would continue to exist as an independent party in areas of Israel that were to have been part of an Arab state under the UN plan.[2] NLL leaders were added to an expanded Maki Central Committee.[3] In practice, the NLL quickly ceased to exist within Israel except in name, and in April 1949 al-Ittihad and its Hebrew sister paper, Kol HaAm, quietly dropped all references to the NLL.[4] On July 20, 1949, Egypt destroyed the remnant of the NLL existing in Gaza, arresting 33 people.[5] In 1951, its members in the West Bank joined the Communist Party of Jordan.[6]

References

  1. ^ Beinin 40, 42
  2. ^ Beinin, Joel. Was the Red Flag Flying There?: Marxist Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Egypt and Israel, 1948-1965. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. pp. 51-52.
  3. ^ Beinin 52
  4. ^ Beinin, Joel. Was the Red Flag Flying There?: Marxist Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Egypt and Israel, 1948-1965. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. pp. 124-25.
  5. ^ Beinin, Joel. Was the Red Flag Flying There?: Marxist Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Egypt and Israel, 1948-1965. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. pp. 144.
  6. ^ Joel Beinin (1989). Intifada: The Palestinian Uprising Against Israeli Occupation. ISBN 0896083632. http://books.google.com/books?id=KYPVNdzXUJkC. 

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