SHUKRe AL-OASALE, AN EXTRAORDINARY ANTI-ZIONIST ACTIVIST
This paper deals with the anti-Zionist activities of Shukre al-oAsali in the last years before the First World War. In the autumn 1910 Shukre al-oAsali was behind the most vociferous campaign against Zionist purchases in the pre-WWI period. In his capacity as the qa'immaqam of abariya he took all possible measures to prevent the transfer of the lands of the village of al-Fula from Iliyas Sursuq to the Zionists. Even though eventually his efforts were not successful, his extensive publicizing of the case helped to spread awareness of the ongoing Zionist undertaking in Ottoman Palestine throughout Greater Syria and was one of the most significant reasons for growing anti-Zionism during that period. Following his election to the Ottoman parliament in January 1911, he continued to point his finger at Jewish immigration and land purchases. The most important act of his parliamentary career concerning Zionism was the speech he delivered in May 1911 along with two other Arab deputies.
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