British Troops Stage Huge Maneuvers; Nashashibi Manifesto Suppressed
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British Troops Stage Huge Maneuvers; Nashashibi Manifesto Suppressed

GREAT BRITAIN’S DRIVE AGAINST ARAB TERRORISTS AND AGITATORS WAS FEATURED TODAY BY ONE OF THE GREATEST DISPLAYS OF MILITARY STRENGTH IN PALESTINE SINCE THE WORLD WAR.

UNANNOUNCED MANEUVERS WERE BEING CARRIED OUT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF MAJOR-GENERAL ARCHIBALD P. WAVELL, COMMANDER OF BRITISH FORCES IN PALESTINE AND TRANSJORDAN. THEY WILL CONTINUE UNTIL SATURDAY.

THE GOVERNMENT CENSOR PROHIBITED NEWSPAPERS TODAY FROM PRINTING A MANIFESTO BY RAGHEB BEY NASHASHIBI, EX-MAYOR OF JERUSALEM AND HEAD OF THE MODERATE ARAB DEFENSE PARTY, IN WHICH HE CRITICIZED THE SUPPRESSION OF THE ARAB SUPREME COMMITTEE AND ARRESTS OF ARAB LEADERS.

IN HIS MANIFESTO, WHICH REFERS TO “THE NEW SITUATION” IN PALESTINE, NASHASHIBI PRAISED THE ARAB COMMITTEE AND DECLARED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE HAD BEEN ACTS OF TERRORISM COMMITTED BY ARABS, THE COMMITTEE HAD CONDEMNED THE TERRORISM. HE HELD THE GOVERNMENT’S MEASURES TOO SEVERE AND UNJUSTIFIED.

THE MANIFESTO AT THE SAME TIME EXPRESSED THE AUTHOR’S READINESS TO COOPERATE WITH INDIVIDUALS AND INSTITUTIONS FOR THE WELFARE OF THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE. (NASHASHIBI HAS BEEN CONSIDERED LOGICAL SUCCESSOR TO THE DEPOSED GRAND MUFTI AS LEADER OF PALESTINE ARABS. IT WAS HOPED THAT UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR ARAB-JEWISH-BRITISH COOPERATION WOULD BE DEVELOPED.)

THE ADMINISTRATION AT THE SAME TIME BANNED ENTRY TO PALESTINE OF ALL ARAB NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHED IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES.

MEMBERS OF THE OUTLAWED ARAB SUPREME COMMITTEE, IT WAS MEANWHILE REPORTED, HAVE ESCAPED TO DAMASCUS, SYRIA, AND ARE ORGANIZING NEW AGITATION AGAINST THE PALESTINE GOVERNMENT. THEY INCLUDE AUNI BEY ABDUL HADI, JAMAL EL HUSSEINI, NEPHEW OF THE DEPOSED GRAND MUFTI AND HEAD OF THE PALESTINE ARAB PARTY, IZZAT DARWAZE, THE MUFTI’S RIGHT-HAND MAN, AND OTHER ARAB LEADERS. (JAMAL EL HUSSEINI HAD ORIGINALLY BEEN REPORTED AMONG FIVE ARAB LEADERS ARRESTED AND DEPORTED TO THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN.)

Seventeen PALESTINE ARABS, INCLUDING PERSONS LOCALLY PROMINENT, WERE ARRESTED AT THE NORTHERN BORDER ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE INTO LEBANON.

ATTEMPTS BY ARABS TO PROCLAIM A STRIKE IN TULKAREM AND JENIN, THE CHIEF STRONG-HOLDS OF RESISTANCE TO THE AUTHORITIES, WERE ABANDONED WHEN THE GOVERNMENT POSTED A NOTICE WARNING THAT STRIKES WERE UNLAWFUL UNDER EMERGENCY LEGISLATION.

POSTERS THREATENING DEATH TO MERCHANTS AND THE MAYOR OF SAFED IF THEY DISCONTINUE THE STRIKE THERE WERE STUCK ON WALLS OF THE CITY BEARING THE SIGNATURE OF A RIFLE AND DAGGER.

THE DEPOSED GRAND MUFTI, HAJ AMIN EL HUSSEINI, FROM HIS SANCTUARY IN THE MOSQUE OF OMAR, REPORTEDLY SENT A MESSAGE TO RULERS OF FOREIGN ARAB COUNTRIES PROTESTING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENTS RECENT MEASURES AND APPEALING FOR THEIR INTERVENTION.

THE OFFICIAL PALESTINE GAZETTE ANNOUNCED A GOVERNMENT PROHIBITION ON LITERATURE RELATING TO OR WRITTEN BY HUSSEINI, PICTURES OF THE DEPOSED MOSLEM FUNCTIONARY AND IMPORTATION INTO PALESTINE OF ANY SUCH MATTER.