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Syrian Chief of State Calls for ‘liberation War’ Against Israel

The Syrian chief of state, in a new threat against Israel, said yesterday that Arabs could regain their “rights in Palestine” only by “a war of liberation” against Israel, it was reported here today from Damascus.

Dr. Nurredin Attassi, who is also secretary general of Syria’s ruling Ba’ath Party, also urged citizens of all Arab countries to join in a “popular mobilization” in Syria and that recruiting offices were open to any Arab. The Syrian Government began such a mobilization campaign last week and a Syrian spokesman said that 150,000 persons had been recruited to date.

The occasion was the annual denunciation in the Arab countries of the issuance of the Balfour Declaration by Britain, on November 2, 1917, favoring a Jewish national home in Palestine.

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