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September 30, 1929
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Great Britain promised “Hedjaz, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Nejd would be independent states in an Arab Commonwealth,” declared Emir Abdullah, ruler of Transjordania, in an interview granted the correspondent of the London “Daily Chronicle” at Amman.

“Our people were excited by false reports from Palestine, but all stories of raids from Transjordania on Palestine were false,” the Emir continued. “Palestine is in the unhappy position of being surrounded by Arab countries, where any suggestion that the Jews create a national home there would be preposterous. Zionism is quite impossible and is bound to fail. Peace will be preserved while British soldiers stay there, but the British flag will be hauled down,” he said.


Wahabi tribes are reported to be conducting raids at three points across the Transjordania frontier. Aeroplanes and armored cars were sent from Amman to repel the attack upon the border villages.

Details are as yet unavailable, but it is believed the Wahabis were defeated.


The campaign for Great Britain giving up the Mandate is being continued by the London “Daily Mail.” Editorially the newspaper says that it learns from its correspondent at Geneva that the evacuation of Palestine could be accomplished in one year from the present. All that is necessary for the British Government to do the paper states, is to give the League Council notice of its determination to relinquish the Mandate. The Council then would inform the League Assembly at its next meeting.

“There is no longer any excuse for further delay,” the paper declares, “and the British government ought to act at once. With nearly a million and a quarter British unemployed, we have reached the time when charity begins at home.”

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