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Sabri Jiryis

Sabri Jiryis

Sector : Cultural Figures , Writers

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  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1938
  • Age : 78
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Sabri Jiryis (born in 1938), is a Palestinian-Arab Israeli writer and lawyer, a graduate of the Hebrew University law faculty, and prominent Palestinian activist. In 1966, the first edition of his book The Arabs in Israel was published in Hebrew. Jiryis was born in the Palestinian Christian town of Fassuta, Mandatory Palestine (now in northern Israel).

He was given an "Administrative House Arrest" on 25 April 1969. The order was given by the Chief of the Northern Command, David Elazar and based on Emergency Regulations. 20 February 1970 he was jailed on another Administrative regulation. In March 1970, Jiryis was one of the initiators of a hunger strike by Palestinian administrative detainees, which attracted wide support, including demonstrations in Israel and across the world. He was allowed to leave Israel later in 1970, and moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where he became director of the Palestine Research Centre.
About 1975, Yasser Arafat sent Sabri Jiryis together with Issam Sartawi to Washington, D.C. to open an office to represent the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). 
Sabri Jiryis: The Arabs in Israel 1st American edition 1976 ISBN 0-85345-377-2 (updated from the 1966 ed.) With a foreword by Noam Chomsky. (First English edition; Beirut, Institute for Palestine Studies, 1968)
Note: for the Swedish, German, French and Italian translations of this book his name his given as Sabri Geries.
Sabri Jiryis: Democratic Freedoms in Israel. Beirut, 1972. (Institute for Palestine Studies, Monograph Series No. 30)

Bibliography, articles (partial):
Jiryis, Sabri: Recent Knesset Legislation and the Arabs in Israel, in Journal of Palestine Studies, 1, no. 1 (Aut. 1971): 53-67.
Jiryis, Sabri: The Legal Structure for the Expropriation and Absorption of Arab Lands in Israel, in Journal of Palestine Studies, 2, no. 4 (Sum. 1973): 82-104.
Jiryis, Sabri: No Peace in Israel, interview in Journal of Palestine Studies, 4, no. 4 (Sum. 1975): 26-40.
Jiryis, Sabri: On Political Settlement in the Middle East: The Palestinian Dimension in Journal of Palestine Studies, 7, no. 1 (Aut. 1977): 3-25.
Jiryis, Sabri: Israeli Rejectionism in Journal of Palestine Studies, 8, no. 1 (Aut. 1978): 61-84.
Jiryis, Sabri: The Arab World at the Crossroads: The Opposition to Sadat, in Journal of Palestine Studies, 7, no. 2 (Win. 1978): 26-61.
Jiryis, Sabri: The Arabs in Israel, 1973-79, in Journal of Palestine Studies, 8, no. 4 (Sum. 1979): 31-56.
Jiryis, Sabri: Secrets of State: An Analysis of the Diaries of Moshe Sharett, in Journal of Palestine Studies, 10, no. 1 (Aut. 1980): 35-57.
Jiryis, Sabri: Domination by the Law, in Journal of Palestine Studies, 11, no. 1 (Aut. 1981): 67-92.
Jiryis, Sabri: Forty Years since the Seizure of Palestine, in Journal of Palestine Studies, 18, no. 1 (Aut. 1988): 83-95.


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