DAJANI, AREF (1856-1930)

Mayor of Jerusalem 1918

Born in Jerusalem in 1856; mayor of Jerusalem during World War I; in 1918 representative to the Administrative Committee of the Muslim-Christian Association (MCA); became (January 1919) president of the MCA in Jerusalem and through the senior status of the association's Jerusalem branch, the MCA's overall president; under this presidency he initiated the First Palestinian National Congress in Jerusalem (1919), demanding an independent Palestinian government in federation with Syria and rejecting Zionist political claims; elected vice president of the congress' Executive Committee; one of the leaders of the movement `Palestine for the Palestinians' which emerged in 1919; elected representative to the 3rd (December 1920, Haifa) and 4th (May 1921, Jerusalem) Congress of the Arab Executive Committee for Jerusalem; elected vice-president at the 4th Congress; member of the Arab Executive until 1922; he and Ragheb Nashashibi in the early 1920s led the opposition before splitting in 1926/27.

aref dajani

ولد في القدس و أصبح رئيساً لبلديتها خلال الحرب العالمية الأولى. في عام 1918 أصبح ممثلاً في اللجنة الإدارية للجمعية الإسلامية المسيحية، ثم أصبح رئيساً لفرع الجمعية في القدس قبل أن يصبح رئيساً للجمعية. ساهم في إنشاء المؤتمر الفلسطيني الأول في القدس عام 1919، الذي دعا إلى إحياء الوحدة مع سورية، و كان أول رئيس للمؤتمر.