Jerusalem (Dec. 3)
“It will be recalled that in a recent interview with a representatibe of the ‘Egyptian Gazette’, Al Haj Amin el Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem, and one of the prime movers in the proposed Islamic Congress, asked if it was true that there was strong opposition to it on the part of Palestine Moslems, replied that those who oppose him did not amount to more than one per cent.”, the “Egyptian Gazette” writes, drawing attention to the large number of important signatories to the manifesto issued by the Opposition, including members of the Palestine Arab Executive, the Supreme Moslem Council, the Sharia Courts, and mayors and members of Palestine municipalities.
The attitude of the Wahabi Government to the Congress is made clear in a statement by the Hedjaz Minister for War, Jamal el Gazzi Pasha, who is now in Beirut, published in the Beirut paper “Al Ahrer”.
He considers that it is not in the interest of Moslems to hold the Congress in Jerusalem as Palestine is under a Mandate, “Al Ahrer” says. It would be best under the circumstances, he thinks, for the Congress to be in the Hedjaz, which is an independent Moslem country. King Ibn Saud, his War Minister declared, would like a Congress in Mecca, but he does not intend to call it soon.
The Hedjaz-Nejd Legation in Cairo has intimated that the Government of the Hedjaz has not appointed any delegates to the Jerusalem meeting.
Another Cairo message quotes the “Mokattam” as saying that the Egyptian Government has decided not to send any representatives to the Jerusalem meeting.