Jerusalem (Aug. 31)
Attempts to justify the barbarities and massacres now being perpetrated by the Moslem Arabs on the Jews of Palestine are made in the Moslem press in Syria and the Lebanon.
For the purposes of justification these newspapers spread reports alleging that Palestine Jews have “desecrated the Mosque of Omar, thrown bombs, and slaughtered Arab children and violated wotten.” These alleged acts on the part of the Jews now presented to have been the cause of the events in Palestine.
Rabbi A. J. Kook, Chief Rabbi of Palestine, when informed today of these attempts at justification, issued a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in which he declares: “Before God and all mankind I wish to state that nothing in this report is true. The contrary is the fact. These inventions are malicious and disgusting libels. I would like to see prominent Moslems, religious and scientific men, come to Palestine to see with their own eyes what is the truth.’
“Despite the latest events. I am still hopeful that the ancient tradition of Arab Jewish friendship, based on their kinship and racial ties and in the belief in one God, will prevail,” the Chief Rabbi said.