Palestine Christian Minority Worried at Plan of Legislative Council, Catholic Paper Says

The Christian minority in Palestine is filled with anxiety over the intention of the British government to establish a legislative council in that country, writes Germania, the organ of the German Catholics. Protestants and Catholics alike fear that the Moslem majority will use the council as a new method of domination which they will try to justify in the name of democracy and majority rule, Germania says.

The position of the Christians of Palestine, Germania points out, “has changed very much since the disruption of the Turkish Empire. They are no longer under the protection of the European powers which then wielded great influence in the Orient. Their attempt to jon the Arab national movement has miscarried. The policy pursued by the Grand Mufti aims at a division between the Arab Moslems and the Arab Christians.

“The days have gone,” the Catholic organ concludes, “when Gladstone could arouse all England by his protest against the Armenian atrocities. England is no longer ready to battle for the Christian cause. Its interests in the East, above all in India, are dictated now by its relations to the Moslems.”

Germania also reports that there is a movement afoot in Palestine under the leadership of an adventurer from Nablus, named Zueytan, to organize an Arab legion and storm troops on the lines of the Hitlerites in Germany. Their slogan is the battle cry of the Prophet in the militant days of Islam—”Din Mohamed Bisseyf”—”The religion of Mohamed is by the sword.”

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