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“a Wonderful Policy”

October 5, 1923
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The Arab paper “Beth el Makdes”, after giving a translation of an article which had appeared in the new Hebrew weekly “Kol Yakov”, inwhich complaint was made about the government permitting King Hussein’s representative to make his already well-known declaration in Palestine, states:

“The British government would not have permitted a representative of the King of Hedjaz to come to Palestine and address its inhabitants as if they were the subjects of his master if it had not some special reason for doing so. What surprises us most is that this representative’s declarations were in direct opposition to Britain’s policy for Palestine.

If King Hussein has sent a messenger without the consent of the Palestine Administration he would have been considered at fault and it is certain it was done with the consent of the Administration for a reason which is still a mystery to us.

“Either the Government was satisfied with these declarations and intends to refute its promise to the Jews, which with be in accordance with what King Hussein told us, or else this opportunity for these declarations was given only to lull the suspicion of the Arabs for the time being. The latter course is, however, very dangerous, because if Palestinian Arabs are met with more disappointments after all these declarations, they will grow angry and adopt other measures for the defense of their rights. We do not think Great Britain desires this sort of policy – to fan cold ashes into a flame.

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