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Smashing the Palestinian Political Infrastructure


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On 1 October 1937 the Arab Higher Committee (see 242) was dissolved. Four of its members, Dr. Hussein al-Khalidi and Ahmad Hilmi (seated first and second left) and Ya'qub al-Ghusayn and Fuad Saba (back row), were exiled to the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, where they are pictured here, 15 December 1938. The chairman, Haj Amin al-Husseini, and others escaped arrest and took refuge in neighboring Arab countries. Exiled with the Seychelles inmates was Rashid al-Haj Ibrahim (seated first right), member of the Istiqlal (Independence) Party from Haifa (see 105). Other measures taken by the British included the dissolution of all political or semipolitical Palestinian organizations and associations, and the arrest of their leaders. (See 289, 290, 291)