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Daoud Mahmoud Yaqoub

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Daoud Mahmoud Yaqoub
Born1939 (1939)
Died1986 (aged 46–47)

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Daoud Mahmoud Yaqoub was born in 1939,  his first theatrical activity began with a theatrical troupe established by the Arab Youth Club, which was affiliated with the Arab Nationalist Movement that was led by George Habash. This group was also attended by Salim Sabry and Bassam Lotfi, and that was during the Arab unity with Egypt. The group presented some of its plays at that time at the Al-Tadi Cultural Theater, which belonged to Egypt before the unity and continued to be active after that, and which was based on Abu Rummana Street. He was an eloquent orator, present-minded, and capable of inflaming enthusiasm in his listeners.

Childhood and education[edit]

Daoud Yaqoub was born in Tirat Haifa, and in the year of the Nakba, 1948, he emigrated with his family to Syria, and he was nine years old at that time. He studied primary school and reached middle school in Safad in Damascus. And he owned a library rich in literature, heritage, and politics, containing more than six thousand books.

Daoud's artistic beginning was with the Ansar Al-Theater troupe, which was managed by the late artist Sabri Ayyad, and he was moving from one group to another, where he worked with the Thought and Art Symposium, and joined the National Theater since its establishment and participated as an actor in the two plays "The Fakes" in 1958 and "Heroes of Our Country" in 1960 He was one of the first to contribute to the establishment of the Palestine Radio in Damascus, believing in the cause of his people, and in the necessity of conveying the voice of the Palestinian people to the world.[1]

In 1968, he became a member of the Syndicate of Artists in the Syrian Arab Region, and he also contributed with several companions to the path of liberation in establishing the Union of Palestinian Writers and Journalists. He had a prominent role in establishing the General Union of Palestinian Artists, and in 1970 it was elected in its first session as Secretary-General.

Dawood Yaqoub Ghammar also went through an experiment, the first of its kind in the Palestinian Diaspora, where he contributed with several Palestinian artists to the establishment of the Palestinian National Theater. From what the poet Professor Khaled Abu Khaled mentioned about that stage: “Dawood Yaqoub was the one who had a point of view in establishing our General Union. For Palestinian writers and journalists, and one of the initiators to participate in its establishment from its influential position at the base of our Palestinian people.

In 1963, Daoud Yaqoub joined the field of media, and he started as a broadcaster in the "Voice of Palestine" radio station from Damascus, then moved to work in the Broadcasters Division in the General Authority for Radio and Television. It was only years until he became "the chief broadcaster" in Damascus and this period beginning with work in the drama department so that his colleagues participated in working as an actor and preparer for cultural and literary programs, a writer for radio dramas, and a radio director, and he deservedly deserved to be considered since the mid-seventies of the last century as one of the top radio directors.


Daoud Yaqoub was distinguished by his various artistic abilities, starting from broadcasting programs and newscasts and ending with writing. He was also distinguished by his exceptional ability to work as a broadcaster in national celebrations and national occasions, and thus he deserved the title of "comprehensive broadcaster." Daoud was skilled in his work and his giving, especially during the October liberation war, which he was proud of because it was his dream always and he was proud of the Arab arms. Which united in October of liberation and started fighting under one banner. After the war, he began to think, work and write, and his first works were talking about that war (the October War), which is the novel "Flowers Scented with Blood" by Dr. Abdul Salam Al-Ajili, which Daoud prepared and directed in1978.


The surname with which he was famous was Abu Yazan. He was rightly considered, through his distinctive voice, one of the few men of the world who left their mark clearly in all the Syrian and Arab radio and television studios.

Daoud Yaqoub was an Arab of the pen and character, with all the pride, dignity, and manliness of this word, and he was loyal to his friends and colleagues in their lives and after their death, what he said in the lament of the late radio station, Adel Khayat. To him, I am bewitched, and the day I was allowed to hold you, was my collar to recognize your experience as an unlimited cordon.


It was evident in his contributions to literary and cultural forums, an interlocutor and debate, and a person with an opinion and point of view. He joined the thought and art symposium and became a key member in it, and his age is not more than twenty years. The writer Samir al-Masri once described him, saying: “You thought, in the early sixties, that he was stronger than all obstacles. He begins the journey of struggle with proving existence, as he used to work in all artistic, literary, and journalistic fields at the same time, and he started as an amateur for representation in Damascus clubs, and was, at the same time, writing in many newspapers, angles in literary criticism and artistic theater."

In general, Dawood Yaqoub left a great influence on those who knew him, and to confirm this we cite an example from the testimony written by the Palestinian poet Ahmed Dahbour, at the beginning of his poetic and literary career, and the formation of his political awareness, albeit with simple aspects as it seems, so you opened the title “Abu Yazan (Dawud) ... Weep. Twice, he made me cry three times. He said: In 1964 when I was eighteen years old, I met Abu Yazan for the first time. It was Farah. As a child, his poor father surprised him with the gift of Eid, and I carried my collection of poetry “Al-Bakr” “Al-Dawwari and Aiyouna Children.

Radio works[edit]

It was the journey of an artist, writer, actor, and director. As an actor, he participated in three television series: the religious series (Umm Amara), the historical series (Waddah al-Yaman), and the dramatic series (Al-Mawasem). In his credit in the period between (1973-1986), dozens of radio serials were written, prepared, and directed by them: “Zeer Salem, waiting, pioneering women, days on the wall of time and green flame, ancestors increasing in ferocity, the path of freedom and the price of the earth, the diaries of the returnee, the boat without hunting, the wedding of blood, The remains of Tire, and others. " pioneering women, days on the wall of time and green flame, ancestors increasing in ferocity, the path of freedom and the price of the earth, the diaries of the returnee, the boat without hunting, the wedding of blood, The remains of Tire, and others. "

As well as dozens of cultural and literary programs, preparation, presentation and direction, such as: “The works of the most famous of their makers, reading in the Arabic novel, their sweetest things, literature and novel, selected novels and a journey of giving, letters and meanings.[2]


At the beginning of 1984, the journey of illness began with him, but he did not give up. Rather, it was stronger than the circumstances. He used to work as usual during his illness and came every week to record the "Horouf and Ma'an" program. In 1986, he began preparing himself to write and direct a new series about Tishreen al-Tahrir, but the disease could not continue, and one day before his death he came to the radio studio with lively and energetic poetry in his hand and asked his colleague, director Mazen Lotfi, to record some poems for him, so he had what he had. He wanted and when he finished, he said goodbye to his colleagues, saying: I am going farewell, so perhaps we did not meet because these poems made me feel that I would not come here again ... he said it with a tear stiff in his eyes.

Daoud Yacoub married in 1966 and had four sons of their own: Yazan, Aws, Mahmoud, and Fouad.

Death and honor[edit]

The Palestinian writer and radio artist Dawood Yaqoub passed away on October 17, 1986, and was mourned by the Syrian Radio and Television Corporation, the Syndicate of Syrian Artists, the General Union of Palestinian Writers and Journalists, and most of the Palestinian Liberation Organization factions,

The effort, diligence, and perseverance of Daoud Yaqoub were not in vain. Rather, he received the honor that befits an artist, broadcaster, and intellectual. Radio Daoud Yaqoub, the Artists Syndicate Gold Medal, with Appreciation, on July 30, 1985, in recognition of the efforts he made in his radio artworks.

In the Cultural and Artistic Days of Palestine in Cairo (10-16 January 1990) under the auspices of the Department of Culture of the Palestine Liberation Organization and cooperation with the Union of Arab Artists, his name was awarded a group of Palestinian intellectual, creativity and culture figure the Jerusalem Medal for Culture and Arts, which is the highest medal presented by the Palestinian revolution. To its creators. At the 58th Damascus Radio Festival in 2005, his name was awarded a certificate of appreciation for his distinguished effort and effort in the field of his profession in radio work. Therefore, Dawood Yaqoub can only be viewed as a Syrian journalist.


His family issued a book documenting his career and containing several testimonies for elite men of literature, culture, and thought in Palestine and Syria. Its title: Journalist and Artist Daoud Yaqoub .. Faris Continues to Leave, On the 20th Anniversary of his Departure. It is from the publications of [Dar Pages] [1] in Damascus 2006 ... also the Syrian critic Muhammad Mansour presented a comprehensive bibliography of his artistic biography in his book (Al-Quds Artistic Memory (Syrian General Book Authority, 2009.


  1. "جريدة الاسبوع الادبي العدد 936 تاريخ 18/12/2004". 2009-09-07. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  2. "محطات من حياة داوود يعقوب - ديوان العرب". 2021-03-19. Archived from the original on 2021-03-19. Retrieved 2021-04-11.

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