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Suspend Hebrew Labor Daily for Publishing Police Secret Black List

Suspension of the publication of the Hebrew labor daily, “Davar,” was ordered by the Palestine authorities following publication by the paper of the secret police document giving a “black list” of persons being watched by the government.

The document, a letter headed “secret and private,” was sent by the Jerusalem District Superintendent of Police. L. Harrington, to Abdin Bey Hishaimy, of the police department under date of August 23, 1929, the first day of the Palestine outbreak. Appended was a list of twenty-four persons, including Arabs and Communists, whose movements were being watched. Among the names were those of Amin El Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem: Jamal Husseini cousin of the Grand Mufti and secretary of the Arab Executive, and other leading members of the Executive.

In publishing the secret document, the “Davar” asked: “How can the government negotiate with the Grand Mufti as the highest Moslem representative and at the same time consider him a suspect to be watched:”