OFF FOR THE HOLY WAR!
"If we Moslems choose to spit on the Jews we could drown them. . . . We will crush the microbe of Zionism forever. . . . You will see how we fight like Allah's own messengers!"
CAIRO'S mood, the hour before our departure, was one of excitement or terror--depending on your religion. Jews were imprisoned because they were Zionists, and beaten on streets because they were Jews. They huddled in their homes, afraid to leave, afraid to worship on the Sabbath because the Ikhwan had spread rumors that synagogues were used for "plotting." Newspapers daily whipped up new excitement with news from Palestine: FIERCE BATTLE IN HOLY CITY'S NO-MAN'S LAND. . . . HAIFA EXPRESS BLOWN UP AGAIN. . . . MARTIAL LAW PROCLAIMED. . . . There were celebrations as news of the dynamiting of the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem, by a car carrying TNT and "flying an American flag," was announced, and later when Arabs ambushed a large convoy near Bethlehem, seized scores of vehicles, and killed many Jews. Under Arab League sponsorship, Fawzy Bey el Kawoukjy (who had spent the war years in Germany, marrying there1) had begun to attack with his Yarmuk Army of Liberation.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Cairo to Damascus. Contributors: John Roy Carlson - Author. Publisher: Knopf. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1951. Page number: 138.
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