Ittihad, Al- (Union)
ITTIHAD, AL- (Union)
For a long time Israel's only Arabic-language daily newspaper. Founded as a weekly in 1944 by activists close to the Arab Workers Congress, the paper fully supported the 1948 United Nations decision to partition Palestine, which led to the creation of the State of Israel. Historian Emil Toma was its first editor, followed by Israeli Arab writer Emil Habibi, who ran the paper until 1990. Al-Ittihad became a daily in 1983. It is published in Haifa and has a daily circulation of twelve thousand.