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Thread #69858   Message #1193280
Posted By: CarolC
24-May-04 - 09:05 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Palestine, My Palestine
Subject: RE: Lyrics: Palestine, My Palestine
SInce there was no polling or elections done among the Arabs of Palestine at the time, CarolC is no position to explain "the will of the majority of Arabs." It is not unreasonable to expect in that region, given its violent history of assassination, that he would not have survived for any length of time had he been as unpopular as CarolC decalres.

Well, here's what palestineremembered.com, an organization with a noticably pro-Palestinian bias has to say about it:

"Though we very much respected our history teacher, we used to think that (he) said all this because he was a relative of Sheikh Hossam El-Din Jar-Allah, Sheikh Amin Al-Husseini's opponent ,who had obtained more votes than Haj Amin in the elections for the post of the Grand Mufti, but was never appointed, as the British for their own political reasons chose to give the job to Haj Amin."

http://netfinity2.palestineremembered.com/Jaffa/Jaffa/Story194.html

...and this is what palestinefacts.org, an organization with a noticably pro-Zionist bias has to say about it:

"The first Palestine High Commissioner. Sir Herbert Samuel arrived in Palestine on July 1, 1920. He was a weak administrator who was too ready to compromise and appease the extremist, nationalistic Arab minority led by Haj Amin al-Husseini...

...Al-Husseini represented newly emerging proponents of militant, Palestinian Arab nationalism, a previously unknown concept. Once he was in power, he began a campaign of terror and intimidation against anyone opposed to his rule and policies. He killed Jews at every opportunity, but also eliminated Arabs who did not support his campaign of violence. Husseini was not willing to negotiate or make any kind of compromise for the sake of peace."

http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_mandate_grand_mufti.php

Now ordinarily I wouldn't look to either of these sites for documentation of anything, because of their inherant biases, but the fact that they both seem to agree on this one point, even dispite their opposing points of view, makes me think it's probably pretty trustworthy.