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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎200r] (399/434)

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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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1 . A1 “Adel”, Pan Arabic Movement.
Tripoli Arabic,
3rd November, 1937.
2 . “Berid Barca”. Propaganda Saudi Arabia.
Benghazi Arabic
25th November, 1937.
A copy of this despatch is being addressed to His Majestv’s Ambas
sador, Rome.
Enclosure No. 1 to No. 8 (334/21/37).
Dated, 30th November, 1937.
A1 “Adel”.
3rd November, 1937.
(Tripoli Arabic Journal.) 1
British Consulate,
'Arabs in Tripolitania protest against the partitioning of Palestine.
On the 12th October, last, the heads of the Arab community, met under
the presidency of, El Amir Suleiman Karamalli, in the Mosque of the late,
Munhiem Ahmet Pascha Karamalli. At this meeting there were also pre
sent all the Muftis of Tripolitania, who sent a petition to the Governor
General of Libya, with the request that it be forwarded to the Duce.
The contents of this petition were as follows: —
“We Mussulmans of Tripolitania, and the whole of Libya, are ready
to join our brothers in Palestine, for better or for worst, and placing our
trust in God, we hope they may obtain their full rights, and wishes. °
We feel that our brothers in Palestine, are suffering owing to the pro
posed partitioning of the land of our forefathers. We Mussalmans of
Libya submit to you, Duce, a strong protest against England, who has stood
in the way of the Arabs, sucked our blood, and taken our money. Is all
this not enough? No! she has also taken the Holyland, dividing it into
portions amongst our enemies the Jews; consequently we are very hurt.
During the Great War it was agreed that we were to be given help and
freedom, but now it is the contrary, so much so, that now England has turn
ed against us.
Beloved Duce, we want your help, such as you have promised us in your
speeches many times. Now you know our opposition to ignorant England
we leave everything in your hands, so that Italy may give us a helping hand
and we are always ready to take your orders as before.
England versus the rights of the Mussulmans.
The British Government returned to Palestine, and sent out all the
Mussalmans! England wishes to act against the word of God! If the
Mussalmans leave Palestine, the British Government should hand over
England, because centuries ago it was part of the Roman Empire, and also

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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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