London (Nov. 23)
In this big heart there is no hatred of the Jews, Naulana Shaukat Ali, the Indian Moslem leader at the Indian Round Table Conference, said speaking to-night at a farewell meeting given by the National League at the Hyde Park Hotel to the Moslem delegates to the Indian Round Table Conference.
About 450 people were present. Earl Howe was in the chair, and among the guests were Sir John Simon, the Foreign Minister, who was head of the Simon Commission to India, Lord Burnham, a member of the Simon Commission, Sir Robert Hamilton, the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, Lord Lugard, a member of the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations, Mr. Wedgwood Benn, the late Secretary of State for India, the High Commissioner for India, the High Commissioner for Newfoundland, the Polish Ambassador, the Belgian Ambassador, the Czecho-Slovakian Minister, the Greek Minister, the Swiss Minister, the Egyptian Minister, the Esthonian Minister, Fatollah Khan Noury-Esfandiary, of the Persian Legation, Lord Parmoor, Lord President of the Council in the late Labour Government, Earl Buxton, former Governor-General of South Africa and ex-President of the Board of Trade, Lord Meston, ex-Lieutenant-Governor of the United Provinces of India, a number of members of the House of Commons, including Colonel T.C.R. Moore, Colonel Heneage, Colonel Fremantle, Colonel Mason, Captain Euan Wallace, Sir Ernest Bennett, Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle, Mr. Edward Marjoribanks, Mr. Robert Bernays, and Mr. D. G. Somerville, several members of the House of Lords, including Lord Islington, Lord Clifford of Chudleigh, Lord Leigh, Lord St. John of Bletsoe, Lord Danesfort, Lord Greenwood, Lord Clanmorris, Lord Ellenborough, the Earl of Mayo, the Earl of Munster, the Earl of Northesk, and the Earl of Iddesleigh, and a large number of Indian notables, like the Aga Khan, the Nawab of Chitari, Sir Miza Ismail, the Begum Shah Nawaz, the Maharajah of Cooch, the Maharaja of Darbhanger, and Sir Muhamed Shafi.
PALESTINE IS OUR SACRED LAND SHAUKAT ALI SAYS AND WE ARE GOING TO DO OUR MIGHTY BEST THAT ARAB CASE DOES NOT GO BY DEFAULT: SEEING COLONIAL MINISTER TO-MORROW THEN GOING TO ROME TO SEE MUSSOLINI AND PERHAPS POPE: AND THEN TO PALESTINE FOR MOSLEM CONFERENCE: ASSERTS HE SAW SOKOLOV LAST NIGHT AND ASKED HIM TO GO TO PALESTINE TO STATE ZIONIST CASE TO MOSLEM CONFERENCE
I am going away the day after to-morrow, Shaukat ali said. I came with hopes and peace in my heart and I have peace in my heart still. I look a ferocious person and my record is more ferocious. I came for peace and I tried in India for peace. In the last war I had to choose between
Then I am going on to Egypt and Palestine. I am going to the great Moslem conference in Palestine. I am going to Palestine, for I want the Arab case not to be thrown overboard. They are brave men, the Arabs. They are up. All the dormant power that made that race great will be in full fling.
I met Mr. Sokolov, the President of the World Zionist Organisation last evening, and I had a two hours’ conversation with him, Shaukat Ali continued, and I asked him, what is your intention? Come with me to Palestine, I said and state your business to the Moslem leaders when they are assembled for the Conference. If you want to dominate in Palestine and buy up the land of the Arabs, I said, that is not fair. It is our sacred land.
I am going to see the Colonial Minister to-morrow, Shaukat Ali went on, and put to him the Arab case. I think we are going to do our mighty best to see that the Arab case does not go by default.
Come to Palestine, I said to the Zionist leader, and let us know your business. If you want my goodwill, why do you want to bring in a hundred thousand people from Poland? There is no room for them there.
I am going to Palestine, but before that to Egypt, and then to Yemen, where the King of Yemen has invited me, Shaukat Ali concluded.
MOSLEMS WANT TO LIVE IN AMITY WITH OTHER PEOPLES AGA KHAN DECLARES: BUT MR. ZENEDINE SPEAKING FOR ARAB ORGANISATIONS IN WEST SAYS ZIONISM AS POLITICAL MOVEMENT MUST STOP AND ARABS WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT AS LONG AS THERE IS AN ARAB LEFT IN THE WORLD
The Aga Khan said that the Moslems wanted to live in conditions of amity, of self-respecting amity and on terms of equality and friendship with other peoples. You will not find in us any hostility or jealousy to any other people, he said. All we ask is our full and proper place in the sun.
Mr. Zenedine, who said that he was speaking for Arab organisations in the West, said that the Arabs of Palestine wanted peace, but peace was not an end in itself. It must not rest on injustice. The Arabs wanted the treaties concluded with them during the War to come into effect, and Zionism as a political movement must stop. The Arabs will continue to fight for justice, he said, as long as there is an Arab left in the world.