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Manchester Guardian Calls for Prosecution of Ex-mufti As War Criminal

The Manchester Guardian today urged that the British Government prosecute the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem as a war criminal, in an editorial discussing Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs Hector McNeil’s statement last week in Commons that the Arab leader was not extraditable from France since he could not be placed in the category of war criminals.

“Surely this is not the last word,” the editorial said. “At a moment when the Allies are seriously considering action against France because he supported Germany in the war, it would hardly be credible that they restore the Mufti in all his tainted glory.” The newspaper recalled the Mufti’s open support to Hitler, and said he gave “moral authority to the extermination of the Jews.”

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