E IL VICINO ORIENTE
tratta da “The West Australian”
1947 ↔ 1949
|Anno di inizio spoglio: 1948.|
Indice Analitico: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z. – Eventi del 1948. – Altre fonti giornalistiche, periodiche o archivistiche del 1948. - Cronologia generale.
Palestine’s future. Grand Mufti Demands Arab State.
JERUSALEM, June 17.
Dr. Moshe Shertok, head of the Jewish Agency’s political department, who will be the first Jewish witness at the inquiry today, described the Arab boycott and the inquiry as sabotage intended to pave the way for a later stage when the Arabs might claim that they were entitled to reject U.N.O. decisions because their case had not been heard. The strike called by the Arab Higher Committee in protest against the inquiry ended at dusk yesterday without incident.
Haj Amin el-Husseini, the exiled Grand Mufti, of Jerusalem, in a message read in many mosques throughout Palestine, demanded independence for Palestine as an Arab State. He called for «the cessation of the experiment of a Jewish national home», and also the cessation of the British mandate and its replacement by a treaty similar to that existing between Britain and Irak and between France and Syria.
The Grand Mufti added: «The Arabs are prepared to negotiate in a reasonable spirit the conditions under which reasonable British interests shall be safeguarded and to approve the necessary guarantees for the protection of the legitimate rights of the Jewish population and other minorities in Palestine».
A Russian-born lawyer, Mr. Levitsky, has announced that an appeal for clemency for the three Jewish terrorists condemned to death for participation in the Acre prison raid on May 4 will be lodged today with the General Officer Commanding in Palestine (Major General H. A. MacMillan). The men are Meir Nakar (21), shoemaker, Yacob Weiss (23), labourer, and Asyalon Habib (20), clerk.
Irgun Zvai Leumi (the Jewish terrorist organisation) has sent a message to the U.N.O. Commission asking for intercession on behalf of the three gunmen. It has also asked for the abolition of the military court which sentenced them and the prevention of further deportation of repatriates.
The condemned men have been removed from the Jerusalem central prison to Acre gaol. The authorities have warned British troops and police to be constantly on guard against being kidnapped and held as hostages.