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Arab Division Seen As Aiding Jewish Cause

Near East and India points out in its current issue that it is fortunate that the Arabs at the moment are too occupied with their own disagreements to make capital out of the freeing of Abraham Stavsky.

The article points out that “there is a lull in the normal conditions of Palestine, which are associated with passages of arms between Arabs and Jews or between one or the other or both and the government: for each of the two sections of the Palestinian people is absorbed by its own internecine troubles. Nothing is calculated to throw into stronger relief the difference of outlook that divide Palestinian Jewry from the average Briton than the fierce conflict in the Jewish ranks that has followed the acquittal by the Court of Appeal of Abraham Stavsky on the charge of having murdered Dr. Arlosoroff. The accused was a Revisionist and the murdered man was a labor leader.

“There can be no question of the profound relief that world Jewry as a whole has experienced in the thought that, after all, the crime has not been brought home to a Jew: but in Palestine the aggressive exuberance of Revisionist feeling has been countered by the blunt rejoinder of the Labor party that it does not recognize the decision of the Court of Appeal.

“The difficulties of the Arabs are essentially of a personal character, and probably concern only a very limited section of the Arab community. On the whole, these domestic feuds are less prejudicial to the Palestinian cause than passages of arms between Arabs and Jews, and the longer that there is no violent outbreak of verbal warfare between the two the greater chance of an ultimate understanding between them. If any actual progress towards such an understanding can be recorded, it, is limited to a tacit realization by each section that the other has now to be regarded as a permanent factor in the country. This itself is an evidence of the stage when each thought that by some means, fair or forceful, it might rid itself of the other.”

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