HC Deb 26 March 1930 vol 237 cc403-4
22. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the fact that the Lebanese authorities suppressed the Arab newspaper "Il Aad el Jadid" for publishing a letter from the Mufti of Jerusalem, inciting the Moslem inhabitants of the Lebanon to revolt against the French Government; whether the Mufti is on the salary list of the Palestinian Government; and whether any steps are being taken to prevent further incitements by this dignitary?


asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Mufti of Jerusalem is on the civil establishment of the Palestine Government and in receipt of a salary from its revenues; whether his attention has been drawn to the letter addressed by the Mufti of Jerusalem on 17th February, 1930, to the Sheikh Moustafa Ghalaini, President of the Moslem Council in Beyrouth, inciting the Syrian Moslems to resistance against the French authorities; and what action he proposes to take?


I understand that the paper mentioned has been suppressed by the Lebanese authorities. With regard to the second part of the question, the Mufti is President of the Supreme Moslem Council in Palestine and, as such, receives remuneration from Palestine Funds. As regards the last part, the Secretary of State will consider whether it is necessary or desirable to take any action.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this paper is the official organ of the Moslem Supreme Council in Palestine?


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this paper was not suppressed for publishing the Grand Mufti's letter, but because it published the fact that the Palestine Arab executive decided not to hold the feast of Ramadan this year on account of the disastrous conditions in Palestine caused by the Zionists?


I am aware of all the facts in connection with the case.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Will the hon. Gentleman answer my question?


I think I have answered it.