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“moderate” Arabs’ Demands Are Extreme

November 13, 1923
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Arab delegates from various parts of the country representing Moslem sentiment in Palestine are meeting in first conference, in opposition to the leadership of the Moslem-Christian Association. The element represented at this conference was thought to be moderate. It was believed to favor cooperation with the Palestine Government and friendly relations with the Jews. Leaders of this new Arab Party, known as the National Moslem Union, had parted company with the Executive Committee of the Moslem Christian Association because of the latters unmitigated opposition to both the British and the Zionists.

It was for this reason that the approval by this conference of the program demanding the abolition of the Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate over Palestine and the establishment of a “representative Government for Palestine” came as a surprise to all. The demands are entirely like those put forward by the older party, from which the Moslems were said to have ceceded.

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