Veteran Palestinian leader and former Multi of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Husseini, died last week aged 77.
GV EXTERIOR Mufti's villa 15kms outside Beirut at Mansourieh
SV PAN chanting crowd bears away Mufti's coffin draped with Palestinian flag
GV PAN FROM mosque TO street lined with armed soldiers keeping back crowd
SCU PAN Lebanese Prime Minster Solh arrives at mosque
GV Coffin arrives at mosque
SV Soldiers in jeep with automatic weapons
SCU Soldier holding wreath
SCU PAN armed soldiers on jeep
SU PAN coffin carried down street by emotional, shouting crowd coming out of mosque
SCU Armed soldiers and band lead procession (2 shots)
GV Mourners walling behind coffin as band plays
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Background: Veteran Palestinian leader and former Multi of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Husseini, died last week aged 77. Thousands mourned in Beirut as his body was carried to its final resting place in the Martyrs 'Cemetery on Sunday (July 7).
At one time he had been undisputed leader of the Palestinian Arabs, heading the revolt against the British mandate in the Palestine and Jewish immigration. Many of those years he spent in voluntary exile to avoid arrest.
His last appeal to Palestinians, Arabs and Moslems was "to continue the struggle to recover the usurped homeland and holy places."
Members of his family said he suffered a stroke two days before his death and had been admitted to hospital. He had originally been stricken by a heart attack in 1967 following the Arab defeat in the war with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: The Lebanese home in exile of the former Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Husseini, was a focus for grief on Sunday following the death of the veteran Palestinian leader at the age of seventy-seven last week. Mourners crowded the streets of Beirut as the coffin was brought to the capital prior to burial in the Martyrs'Cemetery.
Lebanese Government representation was led by the Prime Minster, Mr. Solh. At one time, Haj Amin was undisputed leader of the Palestinian Arabs, directing the armed uprising against the British mandate in the Palestine and against Jewish immigration. Even at this time, he spent several years out side Palestine in voluntary exile to avoid arrest, but kept in close touch with the armed struggle. He was at one time President of the Higher Arab Committee for Palestine and the Islamic World Congress.
Haj Amin became Mufti at the age of twenty-four, and during the next few years he helped the struggle against the French mandate in Syria, then against the British-supported monarchy in Iraq. During World War Two he went to Nazi Germany - pursu??? there, he said, by Zionism and imperialism. But he denied that he ever cooperated with the Nazis. After the founding of Israel in 1948. Haj Amin headed the so-called Gaza Government, which sought to prevent Jordan's King Abdullah from annexing the West Bank.
Haj Amin had spent the last fifteen years in Lebanon, and his death their followed a stroke. Even in his last years, he continued the propaganda war against Israel, and his final message to Palestinians, Arabs and Moslems called for a continuing struggle to recover that homeland nd holy places.