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England “sowing Massacre, ” Mussolini Paper Charges

PREMIER MUSSOLINI’S NEWSPAPER, POPOLO D’ITALIA, ACCUSED GREAT BRITAIN TODAY OF “SOWING MASSACRE AND DESTRUCTION IN THE HOLY LAND.”

CLIMAXING ITALIAN PRESS CRITICISM AGAINST BRITISH POLICY IN PALESTINE, THE NEWSPAPER, WHICH FREQUENTLY MIRRORS THE VIEWS OF THE ITALIAN DICTATOR, SAID THAT THE NEWS OF THE DYNAMITING OF HOUSES IN LYDDA “MUST AROUSE THE SENSE OF HORROR OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD.”

WHILE DEMONSTRATIONS IN SYMPATHY WITH THE PALESTINE ARABS WERE HELD BY MOSLEMS THROUGHOUT ITALIAN TERRITORY, THE ROME PRESS CONTINUED TO EMPHASIZE ITALY’S FRIENDSHIP FOR ISLAM, WHICH HAS BEEN FREQUENTLY AVOWED BY PREMIER MUSSOLINI.

(THE LONDON DAILY HERALD REPORTED FROM JERUSALEM THAT GRAND MUFTI HAJ AMIN EL HUSSEINI, NOW UNDER ARMED GUARD IN A LEBANESE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE FOLLOWING HIS ESCAPE FROM PALESTINE, PLANNED TO VISIT ITALY, PRESUMABLY TO SEEK PREMIER MUSSOLINI’S SUPPORT FOR HIS PLANS TO HARASS BRITISH AUTHORITIES IN PALESTINE.)

THE NEWSPAPER IL MESSAGERO CHARGED THAT THE TOWN OF LYDDA HAD BEEN SUBJECTED TO “RUTHLESS REPRISALS” FOLLOWING THE DAMAGING OF THE AIRPORT THERE BY TERRORISTS. IT SAID BRITISH “HUMANITARIANS” PROBABLY WOULD REMAIN SILENT BECAUSE THE REPRISALS WERE CARRIED OUT BY BRITAIN.

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