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Arab Writer Opposes Idea of Independent Palestine: Arabs Who Prefer Zionist Authorities to Arab Gove

October 20, 1924
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The Arab writer Tewfik Farach publishes a long article in the “Lissan et Arab” opposing the idea of an independent Palestine. He declares that thousands of Arabs are gaining their livelihood because of the Balfour Declaration. The Government wished the Arabs to participate in the Advisory Council but they refused. Their demand for independence has not the slightest chance of being accepted. Moreover, the Arabs are not capable morally or politically of being independent.

Palestine, he proceeds, is the Holy Land of three religions, and it has a diversity of communities and missionary societies, each with its own schools and institutions. This makes impossible the national unity of Palestine. The Jews are working for a Jewish Palestine, and their rights in the country have been recognized by the Powers; they have their language and schools. To secure an independent Arab Palestine would mean that all Jews and Christians would have to be expelled, which is absurd.

There are in Palestine Arabs, both Christians and Moslems, he declares in conclusion, who prefer Zionist authorities to an Arab Government.

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