Filastin, founded in 1911 by Isa al-Isa and his cousin Yusef al-Isa, was initially published in Jaffa. The first issue appeared on 14 January 1911. Launched as a bi-weekly, it ceased publication during World War I, and then re-appeared in 1921, coming out three times a week until 1929, when it became a daily.

The newspaper was one of the most prominent and long running in the country at the time; it was dedicated to Arab Nationalism and the cause of the Arab Orthodox in their struggle with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem.

With the establishment of Israel in 1948, the newspaper stopped publication. Many Palestinians were forced out of their homes, including Raja El-Issa, son of Isa al-Isa, who fled to Egypt, where he remained for two years. Homesickness brought him back to Palestine, to Jerusalem, where he resumed publishing the newspaper, still using the name Filastin, until 1967 when he moved to Amman. Subsequently, the Filastin was merged with the "Al Manar" newspaper to form "Al Dustour", which is still published in Amman.

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