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7 High Arab Officials, Held at Acre, Lose Government Posts Under New Law

February 23, 1938
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Wielding new powers announced in an ordinance last week, the Palestine Government today dismissed from its service seven important Arab officials interned in the Acre concentration camp under emergency regulations.

The officials include Sheikh Hassan Abu Seoud, inspector of the Sharia courts, whose position was second in importance only to that of the exiled former Mufti of Jerusalem, and Safuad el Husseini, the ex-Mufti’s nephew, administrator of the Awqaf (Moslem religious estates) lands. This move was seen as a heavy blow to the Arab nationalist movement and Arab control of Moslem religious funds.

The ordinance under which the action was taken, announced in an extraordinary issue of the official Palestine Gazette, empowers the military forces retroactively to requisition village houses while suppressing disorders, and authorizes the High Commissioner to dismiss officials detained under emergency regulations.

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