The Moslem Brotherhood

From “Holy Land Clashes,” Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 8, 1947:

British sources here said their intelligence operatives believed the Moslem Brotherhood was responsible for violence against the Jews throughout the Arab world since the United Nations voted partition November 29.

The brotherhood, born in Egypt two years ago as the brainchild of 1000-year-old El Azhar University’s faculty, virtual hierarchy of Islam now has spread to a membership estimated at 300,000. According to some official estimates, there are 25,000 members in Palestine, 80,000 in Syria and Lebanon, and the remainder in Egypt.

Arab leaders here and elsewhere in the Middle East, however, discounted the British belief, saying the disorders were “spontaneous expressions of the whole Arab people.”

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