Ismail Mousa Taher Al Husseini (1870-1945)

Ismail Al Husseini is the son of Mousa Pasha Al Husseini and grandson of Taher Effendi Bin Abdul Samad Bin Abdul-Lateef, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. His father was one of the leading businessmen and economists in the Arab region of the Ottoman Empire. He was also the first man to export crops from Palestine to Europe using ships, and the first to establish business relations with Europe, therefore, earning his title as Pasha with Mirmar (an Ottoman military rank) status. Ismail managed Jerusalem’s encyclopedia and established the first school for girls. He also established the first Palestinian archeological museum and contributed to the establishment of Palestine’s first national bank.

إسماعيل موسى طاهر الحسيني

Highlights Of Ismail Al Husseini’s Life At The Orient House:

  • Contributing to the social development of Jerusalem and Palestine by encouraging the education of females and economic development, which was done by establishing new projects, beautifying the features of the city, developing its infrastructure, and supporting tourism. This is to say nothing of cultivating charity work by founding the Red Crescent and Al Maqased Charitable Society.

  • Conducting different functions and events to promote Sultan Abdul-Hamid II’s reign and his policies, as well as being a member of the judiciary and consultative (Shura) council. This was in addition to implementing reforms and improving the relationships with the representatives of different countries, communities, and actors in Jerusalem.

  • Holding a reception ceremony for Emperor Wilhelm II at his home in 1890. A reception was organized to honor his historic visit to Jerusalem as per the Sultan’s request. The aim of the visit was to strengthen the German-Ottoman coalition.

  • Decisions were made regarding the coup against Sultan Abdul-Hamid ‘s regime, the emergence of the Turkification movement, and the negative effects that they had on Palestine and ways to avoid them.

  • Rallying support for the concept of Arab unity, liberation, and renaissance. Bringing people together to support the Great Arab Revolt under the leadership of Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali and adopting the revolution’s flag as the official Palestinian flag.

  • Dealing with the withdrawal of the Turks from Palestine, the start of the British Mandate, and the surrender of Jerusalem.

  • Rallying support and agreement for the concept of Syrian unity and independence. Coordinating with its main leaders to take a stand and make decisions to defy Zionism and the Balfour Declaration, which included meeting with renowned Jewish personalities.

  • Establishing the Palestinian National Movement and supporting it.

  • Strengthening the bonds between different Jerusalem notables, personalities, and politicians and improving unity and collaboration between Palestinian families from various cities, villages, and areas.