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Pan-Islamic Conference, 1931

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year: 
1931
BTD page #: 
106
BTD photo #: 
103
caption: 
The Pan-Islamic Conference, Jerusalem, December 1931. The formation in 1929 of the enlarged Jewish Agency (to include many eminent and influential Zionist and non-Zionist Jewish leaders from all over the world), and the perceived danger to the Muslim holy places in Jerusalem arising from tensions at the Wailing Wall (see 1, 90), brought about a worldwide Islamic reaction. In response to an invitation issued by Haj Amin al-Husseini, mufti of Jerusalem, 145 delegates from 22 Islamic countries attended the Pan-Islamic Conference. The conference voiced fears of rightwing Zionist encroachment on the Muslim holy places, and endorsed Palestinian demands for national independence.