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Issue . 63/64
P. 87
Palestine Sports and Scouts: Factional Politics and the Maccabiad in the 1930s

The period 1932-1936 witnessed remarkable cooperation between youth, scouting and sports movements in Mandate Palestine. The youth component was the common denominator among these three activities. Issa al-Sifri points out that a historian of the national movement needs to address the Palestinian youth movement, because it was the first organized youth movement in an Arab country.1 The issue of sports and scouting had been discussed at the first and second conferences of the Youth Congress, in Jaffa on 4 December 1932, and in Haifa on 10 May 1935.