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Philip J. Noel-Baker M.P. House of Commons, May 22nd, 1939

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Submitted by Malka (United States), Sep 23, 2022 at 09:02

What is the terrorism to which the Secretary of State is now surrendering?
When did the present disturbances begin, and by whom were they organised? They began in 1935, at the time of the Abyssinian affair, when we were imposing our feeble economic sanctions on Mussolini. They were organised by the Mufti, who for nearly 20 years has worked against the Mandate, and who threatened to the Royal Commission that the Jews would be expelled when the Arab State had been set up. It was paid for and assisted by the aggressive Powers who have kept Europe in a ferment, and against whom today we are compelled to prepare for war.
Money, arms, officers, organizers, everything came from Italy and Germany.

Already in 1935 — I am quoting the editor of the "Quarterly Review" — 50 German agents were sent to Africa and the Near East. Their destinations, among others, were Haifa and Jaffa.
They were given instructions to carry on the most intensive propaganda efforts among the natives.

In 1936 — I am quoting the "Daily Telegraph" —the Jerusalem police intercepted documents proving that the Arab raiders received £ 50,000 from Germany and £ 20,000 from Italy for the purpose of strengthening their resistance.
We know that British officers in Palestine talk freely of the German and Italian arms and money that the terrorists.
We know that the land mines by which British soldiers have been murdered could not be made and could not be operated by the Arabs. We know that on one occasion the bloodhounds followed the trail from a land mine to a blacksmith's shop in the German colony of Waldenheim. We know that Dr. Goebbels has established a propaganda school for Arabs in Berlin.

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Parliamentary Debates. United Kingdom: H.M. Stationery Office, 1938. p. 2045.

(https://books.google.com/books?id=aWpGHh1zYI4C&q=50+German+agents+were+sent+to+Africa+and+the+middle+east)

(https://books.google.com/books?id=dHx1wl3MpzUC&pg=RA5-PA456)

Hearings. United States: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943. p. 457

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