JERUSALEM (Feb. 29)
The government of Iraq today joined the Egyptian government in protesting to the United States against the Palestine Resolution, now before Congress in Washington, which urges free Jewish immigration to Palestine and the ultimate establishment of a Jewish Commonwealth there.
The Iraq protest was submitted to the American Minister in Bagdad, a report from Cairo said. The report added that the Egyptian government is considering calling a special conference of representatives of Arab states for the purpose of voicing a joint protest “against any one-sided settlement of the Palestine problem.” A special meeting of the Egyptian cabinet was held yesterday to discuss this question, the report discloses.
Emir Abdullah, the ruler of Transjordan, in an interview with a British correspondent in Jerusalem today, emphasized that he supports Arab opposition to the Jewish claims for Palestine. “Churchill should pay special attention to his friends, the Arabs, in order that they may be of some use to him,” he warned. He went on to say that “if the British Government will adhere to the terms of the White Paper, the Jews in Palestine will be assured of a good future and will be able to live peacefully in the country.”
Meanwhile, the Arab National Bloc in Palestine today published an appeal in the Arab press here urging intensified political activity on the part of the Arabs. “The Arabs,” the appeal reads, “have maintained silence during the tense war days and have abstained from troubling Britain with demands regarding Palestine. They have patiently read the reports of Zionist attempts against their vital interests. Now that the difficulties are over, and Britain is on the way to victory, and new that the Jews have again become more active against Arab interests, silence would be a crime and is no longer a thing to be proud of.”
The appeal reveals that since the Arabs in Palestine have been unable to establish a representative body, the Arab National Bloc has decided “to invite all parties to participate in watching over the interests of the country.” It was also revealed today that Palestine Arabs have informed the Egyptian Government that in view of the fact that certain Arab leaders are still under detention for their anti-British activities, Arab groups in Palestine are not yet in a position to send a delegation to Cairo to participate in the projected pan-Arab conference there.