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Palestine Moslems Divided on Supreme Council’s Power

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A sharp controversy between the Moslems of Palestine is now being waged in connection with the Supreme Moslem Council, the highest religious body which recently came into prominence because of the Arab-Jewish dispute over the Wailing Wall.

The Moslem Supreme Council is under the control of the Husseini family. A Government commission presided over by the Grand Mufti recently drafted a new constitution for the Council, according to which the president is to be elected for a term of nine years. The president may also be re-elected to this office twice. His monthly salary is to be £100.

The opposition, on the other hand, insists that the president of the Council be elected for a term of only four years, that he may be re-elected only once and that this salary is to be £50.