London (Jan. 25)
King Hussein of Hejas has declared that he is prepared for moderation with regard to the Anglo-Arab treaty, except in the instance of the Balfour Declaration, recognition of which Great Britain is understood to have insisted upon, according to a report in the London Express from it Jerusalem correspondent Israel De Haan. The correspondent states that King Hussein has said that he will remain in Transjordania until the treaty is settled. Hussein took the occasion to praise the Jews, whom he characterized as honest, intelligent and industrious. The Hejas King stated that all of the Arab countries are prepared to receive the Jews on terms of equality, but he loathes political Zionism. Hussein recalled the prophesy made by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, that Palestine will be as Jewish as England is English. King Hussein declared that he distrusts the recent movements of the leaders of the Moderal Party.
The London Times reports a great demonstration in Amman before the residence of King Hussein, where there gathered the official guest from Syria and Palestine, who petitioned Hussein to create a unified Arab Kingdom, including Palestine and Syria with the abolition of the Balfour Declaration. The demonstraters proceeded to the residence of Major Philby, British representative in Transjordania, who promised to transmit their resolutions to London. Major Philby is reported to have resigned at once, but the Times adds that no confirmation of this is obtainable.
The Times also reports that Palestine Arabs are disgusted with the treatment of the representatives of the National Party and Peasants Party which were sent to Amman. Members of the delegations have stated that the Arab Executive representatives were in connivance with the Transjordania authorities and that a hostile mob received both delegations with cries of “Zionists, traitors!” and pelted and beat them outside of Hussein’s residence. Both delegations immediately left Amman. Jerusalem Arab papers blame the Amman government for the incident declaring it impossible for civilized Palestinians to submit to the barbarity of the Hejasmethods.