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Ibid. 40 attributed to Abdul Rahim Al-Kawakibi, a prominent leading figure in the Arab liberation movement. Al-Kawakibi descended from the Al-Ashraf family in Aleppo and worked as an editor, first of Al-Furat and then of Ash-Shabba’ newspapers. He also held certain official posts and later worked as a lawyer. It is worth noting that Al-Kawakibi wrote two major works in his lifetime, Taba’a Al-Istibdad and Um Al-Kura. He created an intellectual awakening in the Arab region, emphasizing in his writings the necessity of standing against Turkish despotism.
It was still in its early stages organizationally, and even the idea of total Arab independence was not yet completely formulated. More importantly, the Palestinian resistance suffered from a lack of cohesion and concerted effort. The relationship between the leadership and the masses was molded by the elitist approach of the leadership. This approach created and deepened the gap between the leaders and their masses, and it would come to have serious ramifications for the Palestinian national movement.
4 THE PALESTINIAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE The rising Arab political consciousness did not delay the Palestinians’ struggle for independence or their efforts to cope with a situation that had greatly deteriorated as a result of Zionist immigration and settlement, which they considered the core of the Arab struggle with the Ottomans. Their peculiar situation required, without any doubt, some form of action capable of putting an end to the drastically worsening conditions of the Palestinian people. Consequently, although of a gradual nature, their actions were steady and effective.