Mufti’s Agitation Against Partition Alarms Palestine Government

GOVERNMENT CIRCLES WERE ALARMED TODAY AT THE RAPID GROWTH OF ANTI-PARTITION SENTIMENT AMONG THE ARABS, STIMULATED CHIEFLY BY AGITATION DIRECTED BY GRAND MUFTI HAJ AMIN EL HUSSEINI, PRESIDENT OF THE ARAB SUPREME COMMITTEE AND THE MOSLEM SUPREME COUNCIL.

THE MUFTI IS SENDING AGITATORS INTO EVERY PART OF THE COUNTRY TO STIR ACTIVE OPPOSITION TO THE BRITISH PROPOSAL TO DIVIDE PALESTINE INTO JEWISH AND ARAB INDEPENDENT STATES AND A BRITISH-MANDATED CORRIDOR.

THREATS AGAINST PUBLIC SECURITY, IMPLIED AND OPEN, ARE PROVING THE MOST POTENT WEAPONS OF THE AGITATORS.

IN ACRE, A DEPUTATION OF 200 ARAB NOTABLES VISITED THE BRITISH DISTRICT OFFICER AND SUBMITTED A PETITION PROTESTING AGAINST THE SCHEME. THE DISTRICT OFFICER PROMISED TO TURN THE MEMORANDUM OVER TO HIGH COMMISSIONER SIR ARTHUR GRENFELL WAUCHOPE.

MEANWHILE, THE NASHASHIBISTS, ADHERENTS OF THE FORMER MAYOR OF JERUSALEM WHO RECENTLY VEERED FROM PRO-PARTITION TO OPPOSITION, ARE DISCUSSING THE ADVISABILITY OF SENDING A SEPARATE DELEGATION TO EUROPE TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE BRITISH PLAN. ARAB CHRISTIANS ARE CONSIDERING COOPERATING WITH THE NASHASHIBISTS IN THE DELEGATION. THE ARAB SUPREME COMMITTEE WILL SEND A PROPAGANDA GROUP TO FIGHT PARTITION IN ENGLAND AND GENEVA.

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