Emil Touma (1919-1985) was one of those Palestinian intellectuals who remained in Israel in 1948. Touma, like others who remained, such as Emil Habiby and Jabra Nicola, was a communist from the Haifa region. In 1942, Touma, along with Dr. Haidar Abdel-Shafi, and the late Mukhlis Amer, Emile Habibi and Mufid Nashashibi, Touma was a founder of the Palestinian National Liberation League, a progressive nationalist organization that continues to publish Al-Ittihad ('The Union') newspaper in Haifa.
Chaya Touma was his wife
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