It is unclear exactly when
“To me, my father was an abstract character. I know him from the photos that occupy the corners of my house. I know his voice from an old recording of him on the Palestinian Broadcasting Service…. Through this abstract knowledge of Ibrahim, I was able to form an image of this man, like a mosaic made up of small stories, each beautiful in its own right, and each collection of them telling a sequence of events.”1
- 1. al-Tarifi, Yusif ‘Ata. Ibrahim Touqan.
As a child, Ja'afar attended school in Nablus, the same school that his father had both studied in as a child and later taught in after graduating from university. Every morning, he joined the other children at his school in lining up to sing Mawtini – the words written by his father, a piece of the mosaic ever-present in Ja'afar’s life.1 Mawtini remained Palestine’s unofficial anthem from the 1930s until 1972 when the Palestinian Liberation Organization adopted the song Fida’i as an official national anthem.
- 1. Ibid.