New York (Oct. 30)
In an article in the current issue of the American Magazine, King Abdullah of Transjordan attacks American policy in relation to Palestine and charges that it is responsible for terrorism in that country. The next issue of the widely read publication will present an article on the Jewish viewpoint on Palestine by Dr. Abba Hillel Silver.
Speaking directly to the American people, Abdullah writes: “The present catastrophe may be laid almost entirely at your door. Your government, almost alone in the world, is insisting on the immediate admission of 100,000 more Jews into Palestine–to be followed by countless additional ones. This will have the most frightful consequences in bloody chaos beyond anything ever hinted at in Palestine before.
“It is your press and political leadership, almost alone in the world, who press this demand. It is almost entirely American money which hires or buys the refugee ships’ that steam illegally toward Palestine; American money which pays their crews. The illegal immigration from Europe is arranged by the Jewish Agency, supported almost entirely by American funds. It is American dollars which support the terrorists, which buy the bullets and pistols that kill British soldiers–your allies–and Arab citizens–your friends.”
In the eyes of the Arabs, the Transjordan monarch asserts, the Jews are foreigners, despite their religions and historical claims to Palestine. “The Jewish ‘religious claim’ to Palestine is as absurd as the ‘historic claim.’ The Holy Places, sacred to three great religions; must be open to all, the monopoly of none. Let us not confuse religion and politics,” he insists.