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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:21 PM

47. In fact, the Mufti LOST badly in the advisory ballot of Palestinians as to who should get the job

(For the information of those new to the subject, we're talking about Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the one and only "Grand Mufti of Jerusalem"-his predecessors in the position, which was actually the position of chief spiritual leader of the Palestinian Muslim community, had all just been called "the Mufti"-the Brits added the "Grand" when this fellow came along, for some reason).

Haj Amin Al-Husseini finished fourth in the advisory vote, and was appointed by the British largely because his family had traditionally held the post and the winner of the balloting was a member of the Nashabibi family, traditional rivials of the Al-Husseinis, and the Brits felt that it would create a power imbalance if a Nashabibi had the job, since the Nashabibis at this point traditionally held the mayoralty of Jerusalem. It's likely that the Brits also caused or at least increased Al-Husseini's anti-Jewish sentiments by treating him badly on his official visits to London while they treated Ben-Gurion well(even though the Brits wanted out of Palestine as quickly as possible, they wanted to make sure that Jews and Arabs never made common cause against them while they were still running the place-the traditional colonialist "divide and conquer" strategy).

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