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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎198v] (396/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Enclosure to No. 13. (343/21 /37.Jr
“Berid Barca”
Benghazi Arabic Journal.
30th November, 1937.
British Consulate,
Italian 'policy for the welfare of the Mussulmans.
A statement made in Tunis by Abdel Ahziz It-Tahlebbi, points out
that the Mussulmans in Addis Ababa are now being treated better under
the Italians than under the Negus, but as regards the conditions in Libya
he could say nothing.
The local editor of the Berid Barca has written to his correspondent II
Kondi, in Syria, inquiring into the political situation in Palestine.
The reply received was that the Arabs in general are still suffering
terribly, because, the Jews have taken away their land, and that also England
is against us (the arabs). Brothers of Libya and Tripolitania are asked to
help by making demonstrations against the policy which is being followed
in Palestine.
Foreign News: —Palestine.
On the 23rd November Ferhad Saadi was sentenced by the Court to be
hanged. On the 27th November 50,000 Mussulmans forwarded a petition
to the British Consul at Domshiekh, that Ferhad Saadi may be pardoned.
England, Egypt and Iraq .—Since Iraq, a nd Egyp ^ li rliY p < 111111 m 'Hi"
agreement with the British Government, they hope that if the British Gov
ernment keeps its word, and grants Palestine what had been promised, the
trouble in Palestine would cease.
An attempt on the life of the Minister Mustafa Nahas Pascha by Abdel
Gader Azierdien and Hafid Arabi Pascha, Green Shirts. The Minister
escaped injury. The reason for the attempted assassination was because
he signed the agreement with the British Government, which they consider
ed was of no benefit to Egypt.
Letter from Foreign Office, to Sir Reader Bullard, K.C.M G C I E
Jedda, No. (E.-7100/351/65), dated the 16 th December 1937. ’ *’
Damascus despatch No. 2586/2586/2 of the 23rd November, a copy of
which was sent to you direct, enclosed an extract from the local press re
garding certain negotiations supposed to have been started by Shekib Arslan
and others for an Arab convention to be held at Mecca during the pilgrim-
If this rumour is correct, it seems to us that it may prove increasingly
difficult for Ibn Saud to refuse his consent to such a convention.

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-215; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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