Al-Quds (Arabic: القدس) is a Palestinian Arabic-language daily newspaper, based in Jerusalem. It is published in broadsheet format. It is the largest circulation daily newspaper in the Palestinian territories.[1] It was founded in 1967 as a result of a merger of two publications: Al-Difa' (in Arabic الدفاع) and Al-Jihad (in Arabic الجهاد). The owner of the former Al-Jihad newspaper (which was founded in 1951), Mahmoud Abu-Zalaf, served as its first editor-in-chief until his death in 2005. It is currently edited by his son, Walid Abu-Zalaf.

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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Abu Zalaf Family
PublisherAl-Quds Arab Press
EditorWalid Abu-Zalaf
Founded1967; 57 years ago (1967) (As "Al-Quds")
Political alignmentCentre-right
WebsiteOfficial website

Al-Quds is the most widely read Palestinian daily.[2] In addition to paper circulation, the newspaper publishes its content online in PDF and HTML format. On 17 December 2008, the newspaper's website began publishing content in Persian.

The paper operates an office in Washington, D.C., with bureau chief Said Arikat reporting on U.S. foreign policy, specifically as it related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.[3] In early 2023, the news website added a Hebrew and an English edition.[4]

Controversies edit

Al-Quds building, Jerusalem

In the edition of 30 November 1997, the newspaper claimed that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion publication was not a hoax.[5]

Editorial stance edit

Al-Quds went against the traditional Palestinian boycott of Israeli elections in east Jerusalem by publishing full-page ads and endorsing mayoral candidate Arcadi Gaydamak in 2008.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ "The Palestinian press". BBC. 13 December 2006. Archived from the original on 19 April 2023. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Abbas 'exploded with rage' at Kerry over 'insane' framework proposals". The Times of Israel. 27 February 2014. Archived from the original on 16 October 2023. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  3. ^ Gjevori, Elis (28 December 2022). "Under-fire Palestinian journalist Said Arikat banned from Twitter without explanation". Middle East Eye. Archived from the original on 6 February 2023. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  4. ^ Hasson, Nir (18 April 2023). "Popular Palestinian Daily Al-Quds Launches Hebrew Edition". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 11 May 2023. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  5. ^ "Palestinian Authority". Anti-semitism and xenophobia today. January 1998. Archived from the original on 18 April 2004. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  6. ^ Galili, Lily (26 December 2008). "East Jerusalem newspaper Al Quds backs Gaydamak for mayor". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2024.