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Emile Touma (Arabic: إميل توما, Hebrew: אמיל תומא, March 16, 1919 – Aug. 27, 1985), was a Palestinian and Israeli Arab political historian, journalist and theorist.

Emile Touma
Born16 March 1919
Died27 August 1985
Haifa, Israel

Emile was born in Haifa to an Orthodox Christian family in 1919. He attended the Orthodox School in Haifa, then went to Jerusalem to the St. George's School to complete his high school studies. He enrolled in Cambridge University but left it in 1939 when World War II started. In that year he joined the Palestine Communist Party. In 1944 Touma, Fuad Nassar and Emile Habibi established a new newspaper, Al-Ittihad, which published its first edition on 14 May 1944.

In January 1947 Touma travelled to a conference of Communist parties of the British Empire in London, where he argued against partition of Palestine.[1] He was arrested in Lebanon in 1948. In 1949 he returned to Haifa and continued working as editor-in-chief of Al-Ittihad. In 1965 he joined the eastrization foundation in Moscow where he got his PhD in History for his dissertation on Arab nationalism, "The March of the Arab Peoples and the Problems of Arab Unity" ("مسيرة الشعوب العربية ومشاكل الوحدة العربية")

In 1942, along with Dr. Haidar Abdel-Shafi, and the late Mukhlis Amer, Habibi and Mufid Nashashibi, Touma was a founder of the Palestinian National Liberation League. He wrote 15 books and hundreds of articles about politics, history and culture.

He was married to Chaia Touma, an Israeli ceramic artist of Jewish background, originally from Moldova.



  1. ^ Shindler, Colin (2012). Israel and the European Left. New York: Continuum. p. 133.

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