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April 11, 1921 Herbert Samuel Supports Appointment of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem

Sir Herbert Samuel(British High Commissioner) Herbert Samuel supports the appointment of Haj Amin al-Husseini as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem

“I saw Haj Amin Husseini on Friday and discussed with him at considerable length the political situation and the question of his appointment to the office of grand Mufti. Mr. Storrs was also present, and in the course of conversation, he declared his earnest desire to cooperate with the government and his belief in the good intentions of the British Government towards the Arabs. He (e.g. Haj Amin al-Husseini) gave assurance that the influence of his family and himself would be devoted to maintaining tranquility in Jerusalem and he felt sure that no disturbances need be feared this year. He said that the riots of last year were spontaneous and unpremeditated. If the government took reasonable precautions, he felt sure they would not be repeated.”

Source: Elpeleg, Zvi. The Grand Mufti Haj Amin Al-Hussaini; Founder of the Palestinian National Movement. London: Frank Cass, 1993. (p. 9)

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