BEIRUT (Aug. 18)
The belief that a general uprising is scheduled in Palestine for September is strikingly supported here by reports that armed men are pouring into the Holy Land across all boundaries practically unchecked and that agents are recruiting villagers throughout the country and are fixing levies of men or cash in proportion to village populations.
Similar activities are being carried on in Syria and Iraq. The Association for the Defense of Palestine, with offices in Baghdad, is energetically recruiting men and is undeterred by the authorities. Baghdad Moslem religious leaders, Hussein Khasha al Ghatta and Aalam Sugi, have issued a call to a jehad, or holy war against Jews.
Fawzi Bey el Kaukaji, who led the 1936 Arab rebellion, is reported negotiating for his return to Palestine to lead a youth army. He demands supreme command and that all funds be delivered to him instead of to the exiled Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al Husseini.