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Arab Leader Assassinated in Palestine Had Advocated Establishment of Arab-jewish State

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While police were continuing the search for the three gunmen who last night murdered Fawzi Husseini, wealthy Arab land-owner and a cousin of the ex-Mufti, it was learned here that the dead man had been an active exponent of Arab-Jewish cooperation. He had been threatened on many occasions because of his activities on that behalf.

It is believed that the motives for the killing were both his sale of land to Jews and his efforts to promote Arab-Jewish understanding. The police were concentrating their searches around the village of Thur, north of Jerusalem, where the shooting occurred.

Husseini, who had been active in the Arab nationalist movement for many years and was once arrested for his activities, in recent years had openly expressed his conviction that Arab-Jewish cooperation was the only means of obtaining joint independence. He was opposed to partition and advocated establishment of an Arab-Jewish state, which would control its own immigration and cooperate in other matters with the Arab League.

The council of the Arab League, which is now meeting in Cairo, yesterday approved the formation of a company “to save the land of Palestine.” The Arab states will guarantee interest at five percent for ten years to persons subscribing funds to the company. The League itself has subscribed 250,000 of the 1,250,000 pound capital of the organization.

A call to “Join Irgun Zvai Leumi” appeared on the screen of a motion picture theatre at Rehovoth last night when four armed youths penetrated the projection room and forced the operator to display the announcement. Irguners who were distributing pamphlets outside the theatre later encountered police and shots were exchanged.

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