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The Palestinian Arab Party ( ‘Al-Hizb al-'Arabi al-Filastini) was a political party in Palestine established by the influential Husayni family in 1935. Jamal al-Husayni
Jamal al-Husayni
Jamal al-Husayni , , was born in Jerusalem and was a member of the Husayni family.Husayni served as Secretary of the Palestinian Arab Action Committee and the Muslim Supreme Council. He was founder and chairman of the Palestine Arab Party and its delegate to the Arab Higher Committee, led by his...

 was the founder and chairman. Emil Ghoury was elected as General Secretary till the end of the British Mandate in 1947. Other leaders of the party included Rafiq al-Tamimi
Rafiq al-Tamimi
Muhammad Rafiq al-Tamimi was a Palestinian Arab educator and political figure in the 20th century. He was appointed to the Arab Higher Committee in 1945 and was the chairman of al-Najjada.-Early life:...

, Tawfiq al-Husayni, Anwar al-Khatib, Kamil al-Dajani, and Yusuf Sahyun.

The party was set up after the rival Nashashibi family established their National Defence Party
National Defence Party
The National Defence Party was set up by Raghib al-Nashashibi in the British Mandate of Palestine in 1934....

. Other parties at the time included the pan-Arabist
Pan-Arabism
Pan-Arabism is an ideology espousing the unification--or, sometimes, close cooperation and solidarity against perceived enemies of the Arabs--of the countries of the Arab world, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea. It is closely connected to Arab nationalism, which asserts that the Arabs...

 Muslim Youth Party and the Independence Party (Palestine)
Independence Party (Palestine)
The Independence Party was an Arab nationalist party established on 13 August, 1932, in Palestine during the British mandate. Its origins lay in the Istiqlal movement associated with the short-lived Sharifian government in Damascus....

 (Hizb al-Istiqlal al-'Arabi, also known as the Arab Istiqlal Party), as well as the Reform Party
Reform Party (Palestine)
The Reform Party was established by Husayin al-Khalidi in Palestine on 23 June 1935....

 and the National Bloc
National Bloc
The National Bloc was a Nablus-based party established in 1935 in the British Mandate for Palestine by Abd al-Latif Salah. Salah generally took an anti-Husayni stance.- References :...

, established by public activists on a personal and local basis, and the Palestinian National Liberation League
Palestinian National Liberation League
The National Liberation League in Palestine was a political party in Palestine, founded in early 1944 by Arab members of the Palestine Communist Party , Bulus Farah and his followers, and "other radical intellectuals and trade unionists." The founders included Haidar Abdel-Shafi, Mukhlis Amer,...

, an organization founded by the Palestine Communist Party
Palestine Communist Party
The Palestine Communist Party was a political party in British Mandate of Palestine formed in 1923 through the merger of the Palestinian Communist Party and the Communist Party of Palestine...

.