November 10, 1947 The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al Hasanji (Husseini), Yasser Arafat, Mahmud Abbas

“                                                                              Mufti Welcomes Parley

The Exiled Mufti of Jerusalem, the most powerful figure in the Arab world, said today he was ‘pleased’ that Great Britain had abandoned her proposal to partition Palestine.

The Mufti, Haj Amin el Husseini, said he expected an ‘armistice’ would permit him and other Arab leaders banish from Palestine to participate in an Arab-Jewish peace conference planned in London.  He has been in self-imposed exile since he fled Jerusalem in October, 1937.

‘The Arabs welcome the idea of negotiations, but they would also welcome an armistice to permit me with other banished leaders to join the negotiations among Arab representatives,’ he said.

‘I believe an Arab-British Jewish conference would be helpful!, but Palestine Arabs must be justly represented, regardless of persons.’”

Source: New York Times November 11, 1947