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Jerusalem’s New Council is Inducted

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The inauguration ceremony of the new municipal council of Jerusalem took place today with Jewish councillors re-entering the municipal body after a five years’ absence.

No newspapermen were allowed to attend the inaugural, which was held in the presence of Major Campbell, district commissioner.

Opening the first session of the municipal council, Dr. Khaldi, newly-appointed mayor of Jerusalem, declared that the new municipal body will not be an arena for politicians but will devote itself to the welfare of the city.


The new municipal council replaces the system in which the Jews have not been represented since 1929. It was in that year that the Jewish councillors walked out of the council because of the unfair attitude towards Jewish interests held by Ragheb Bey Nashashibi, then mayor of Jerusalem. Since then the Jerusalem municipal body was considered a one-sided organ in which only the Moslem population was represented.

While not participating in the direction of the municipality, the Jews continued to pay taxes, but at the same time openly expressed, on every occasion, their opposition to Nashashibi. This opposition reached its climax during the recent election, when the Jews of

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