LAKE SUCCESS (Sep. 29)
Formal notice of the formation of an independent Arab state “for all of Palestine” was given today to the United Nations in a cable from Cairo signed by Ahmed Hilmi Pasha, premier of the newly-established Palestine Government, which has its seat at Gaza. The cable reads:
“The Arabs of Palestine, who are the owners of the country and its indigenous inhabitants, and who constitute the great majority of its legal population, havesolemnly resolved to declare Palestine in its entirety and within its boundaries as established before the termination of the British Mandate an independent state, and constituted a government under the name of the All-Palestine Government, deriving its authority from a representative Council based on democratic principles and aiming to safeguard the rights of minorities and foreigners, protect the Holy Places, and guarantee freedom of worship to all communities.”
(A report from Cairo to the New York Times today says that the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem returned to Palestine yesterday after eleven years of exile. He flew from Cairo to Gaza to attend the first meeting of the National Assembly of the Palestine Arabs, which is scheduled to open Friday and is expected to elect him president.)
The United Nations headquarters here today made public a communication sent by acting U.N. mediator Dr. Ralph Bunche to the Security Council in Paris blaming Transjordan for an Arab attack against a U.N. -sponsored convoy at the Latrun pumping station on Sept. 22.