Abdullah Snubs Arab Higher Committee

A GENERAL CONFERENCE OF PALESTINE ARABS IN OPPOSITION TO GREAT BRITAIN’S PLAN TO PARTITION THE COUNTRY BETWEEN THEM AND THE JEWS, TO BE HELD JULY 17, WAS DECIDED UPON TODAY BY THE ARAB HIGHER COMMITTEE.

THE CONFERENCE WAS PLANNED AFTER DISCORD AMONG THE ARABS OVER THE PARTITION PROPOSAL HAD BEEN FURTHER EMBITTERED BY WHAT THE COMMITTEE FELT WAS A SLIGHTING MESSAGE FROM THE PALACE OF EMIR ABDULLAH OF TRANSJORDAN.

IT CAME IN RESPONSE TO AN APPEAL FOR ADVICE ON HOW TO COPE WITH THE PARTITION PLAN, SENT BY THE COMMITTEE TO RULERS OF NEIGHBORING ARAB STATES, AND IT READ:

“EVENTS OF THE PAST ARE A LESSON TO THE WISE. ABDULLAH WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE ARABS FOR THEIR BENEFIT ACCORDING TO HIS CONSCIENCE.”

ABDULLAH, REGARDED AS A STRONG ADVOCATE OF PARTITION INASMUCH AS HE STANDS TO HAVE THE PROPOSED ARAB PORTION OF PALESTINE ADDED TO HIS DOMAIN, IS OPPOSED BY HAJ AMIN EL HUSSEINI, GRAND MUFTI OF PALESTINE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ARAB HIGH COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE GAVE EVIDENCE OF ITS OFFENDED FEELINGS BY NOT SENDING A FORMAL MESSAGE OF THANKS FOR THE TELEGRAM.

IN RESPONSE TO SIMILAR APPEALS TO OTHER ARAB RULERS, THE COMMITTEE HAD RECEIVED SYMPATHETIC REPLIES FROM HIKMET SULEIMAN, PREMIER OF IRAQ, AND THE EMIR OF KUWAIT, BRITISH PRINCIPALITY ON THE PERSIAN GULF. THE IRAQ PREMIER CABLED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PROTESTING AGAINST PARTITION AND ANNOUNCING HIS COUNTRY WAS READY TO PEACEFULLY ASSIST ITS ARABIAN BRETHREN IN PALESTINE.

A GENERAL STRIKE BY ARABS TO PROTEST PARTITION IS BEING PLANNED, ACCORDING TO A DISPATCH FROM DAMASCUS TO THE ARAB PAPER AL LIWA, HERE. AL LIWA SAID NO DATE HAD YET BEEN SET FOR THE STRIKE.

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