Al Husseini Personalities Related To The Orient House:

 

Abdul-Latif Bin Abduallah AL Husseini

Abdul-Latif Bin Abdullah Al Husseini, the Mufti and Sheikh of Al Aqsa Mosque, was considered the paramount pillar of Al Husseini Family in Jerusalem. The family was one of the most influential families for two and a half centuries in Palestine, Greater Syria, and the Middle East due to the leading role it played in the religious, social, economic, and political affairs.

The main reason behind the family’s success was the fact that they worked having the public’s best interest at heart, in parallel with the ruling class’s best interest as well, which kept everyone happy.

Abdul-Latif passed away in 1775 and was praised in poetry by the religious head of Bani Umayyah Mosque in Damascus.

Abdul-Latif Bin Abduallah AL Husseini

Ibrahim and Jawad Al Husseini with their family in front of The New Orient house gate in 1944.

Mousa Bin Taher Bin Abdullatif Al Husseini

He is the son of Taher Effendi, who reached great success in administration and economics relying on his family’s high status and power in Palestine and the Ottoman Empire.

He played a major role in developing Palestine and was granted the title of MirMiran by the Ottoman Sultan, which was the highest rank for Pashas in the Ottoman Empire.

He passed away in 1893, leaving his sons Aref and Shukri in Istanbul and Ismail in Jerusalem. They inherited and obtained a great deal of knowledge, wealth, and connections, which enabled them to become successful leaders and overcome the aftermath of the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

Mousa Bin Taher Bin Abdullatif Al Husseini

      Mousa Pasha Al Husseini

Ismail Mousa Al Husseini

Born in 1860, Ismail was the head of Abul-Latif Al Husseini’s family that included many distinguished leaders in various sectors.

He was Sultan Abdul-Hamid’s first man in Palestine and worked hard to maintain a balance between different opposing sides during hardships, aiming to reserve public and private interests. However, the importance of his role wasn’t because of the high leadership positions he undertook or the economical projects he founded, but rather due to the challenging major national missions that he completed.

He built his famous house in Al Husseinyeh neighborhood in 1897 and used it as a regular place to meet society’s elite and as a center to welcome the important guests of Palestine until the house was called the House of Ummah (which literally translates to house of the nation). This house has witnessed a lot of important and sometimes dangerous events, occasions, and milestones that affected the course of history in Palestine and the region.

Ismail Mousa Al Husseini passed away in 1945.

Mousa Kathem Bin Salim Bin Hussien Al Husseini

Mousa  Kathem Al Husseini’s father was a globally renowned personality, tribal judge, top landowner, mayor of Jerusalem, and the first to build outside the Old City walls in Al-Husseinyeh neighborhood .

Mousa  Kathem himself was born in 1851. He became the senior statesman of the Arab region in the Ottoman Empire and a Pasha honored with the highest of the Ottoman political ranks. He founded and led the Palestinian National Movement during the early 1920s and died in 1934 after suffering wounds while leading a demonstration in Jaffa against the British Occupation.

Mousa Kathem Bin Salim Bin Hussien Al Husseini

[/imageframe]With Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali. Their relationship grew and strengthened during the rule of Abdul-Hamid, and the Al Husseini family was counted as one of his main supporters during his revolution.

Ibrahim Bin Ismail Al Husseini

Born in 1887, Ibrahim Al Husseini was his father’s right-hand man. He served both in the Ottoman army and as a fighter in the Grand Arab Revolt.

After Al-Nakba in 1948, the country was thrust into a dark period that has lasted to this day. Due to their steadfast patriotic stances, Ibrahim’s family lost all of its wealth and powers.

He put his father’s house, the family’s headquarters, up for use, opening its doors to aid organizations in need of shelter. He later transformed it into a hotel, known as the New Orient House.

He ran the hotel successfully until the day of his death in 1978.

Faisal Bin Abdul-Qader Al Husseini

A militant and a political activist, Faisal Al Husseini led the Palestinian National Movement successfully. In 1993, he revived the Orient House, which had been shut down in 1987 due to the launch of first Intifada. He renovated it, transforming it into the movement’s headquarters.

Effectively managing the movement’s actions from his office within the hotel’s buildings , Faisal started the first Israeli-Palestinian peace Process. Later on, the house was reintroduced as The Orient House and was utilized as a cultural, social, political, and scientific center managing to bring together the different categories of Jerusalemite society.

Faisal died suddenly in 2000.

Faisal Bin Abdul-Qader Al Husseini

Meeting an American delegation, including Jesse Jackson and James Zogbi, in 1995 in The Orient House Hotel, also known as The Orient House.

 

Ayman Yacoub Al Husseini

The grandson of Ismail Al Husseini, Ayman Al Husseini, was born in 1956 and raised in The Orient House.

For a long period of time, Ayman worked in Saudi Arabia in the contracting industry, where he achieved great success. Since 2000, he and his brother Sayar both became official trustees of The Orient House and have acted as partners responsible for looking after their family’s homestead.

Since the beginning of 2010, Ayman has studied ways to develop the old house and transform it into a luxurious hotel that reflects and suits its historical heritage. He aims to recreate a novel moment in history, speaking to the house’s honorable past and setting new standards in the hospitality and tourism industry of east Jerusalem.