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King Hussein and the British Policy

October 10, 1923
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“Rl Carmel” quotes the English “Saturday Review” as stating that King Hussein is definitely opposed to the British policy in Palestine, although but for British protection he would have long ago been included among the spoils of his greatest enemy Ibn Said. The article continues:

“We are extremely surprised that British writers do not see farther than their noses. Does this paper want that the descendant of the Kings and prophets of the Arabs should give their land to the Jews. That land which still echoes with the noise of the battles fought by the Arabs against the Romans and the Crusaders. Does it think that the Arabs participated in the war only save it from Islamic rule and to give it to the Jews. Would the Arab and Christian inhabitants agree to this?

“If King Hussein is opposed to the British policy in Palestine this is due to the promises made by Great Britain to the Arabs. If Great Britain is determined on protecting the Suez Canal and her economic interests, in order to be free from any Islamic danger, she would do better to seek the assistance of the Arabs.

“England should assist in the creation of a strong Arab Government and should help them to restore the Caliphate. If Britain thinks to protect the Suez Canal through the Jews, she will find herself compelled to protect both the Jews and the Canal, or she will have to request the Arabs to stand by her and protect the Suez Canal from the Jews.”

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