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Yusuf Dia Pasha al-Khalidi

Yusuf Dia Pasha al-Khalidi

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  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1829
  • Age : 188
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Yusuf Dia Pasha al-Khalidi, was born in 1829 in Jerusalem and represented the city in the Ottoman Parliament of 1877.

he was a prominent Ottoman Empire politician and mayor of Jerusalem between 1870–1876 and 1878–1879.

Al-Khalidi attended an English school in Malta where he studied English and French, and then continued to study Semitic languages in the Oriental Academy of Vienna.

Al-Khalidi played a key role in the opposing political factions established to prohibit the Ottoman Empire's attempts to violate the constitution. He also wrote the first Kurdish-Arabic dictionary.

In 1899 he wrote a letter to the Zadok Kahn, the chief rabbi of France, in which he said, "The idea itself is natural, fine and just. Who can challenge the rights of the Jews in Palestine? Good Lord, historically it is really your country.

What a wonderful spectacle that will be when a people as resourceful as the Jews will once again be an independent nation, honored and complacent, able to make its contribution to needy humanity in the field of morals, as in the past."

He died in 1907.


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