|Palace Hotel in the Mamilla section of Jerusalem (circa 1930)|
Husseini hired a Turkish architect, Jewish contractors and Egyptian stonemasons to build the hotel which was completed in only 11 months.
|The Palestine Royal (Peel) Commission set up|
offices at the Palace Hotel to consider partition
of Palestine (1936)
Early in the construction, one of the Jewish contractors wrote in his memoirs, workers discovered buried human remains, apparently from an ancient section of the Mamilla Muslim cemetery across the road. Husseini instructed the contractor to quickly and quietly rebury the bones lest his political rivals discover the desecration. But they did find out, and a nasty public relations and religious court battle ensued.
The hotel was unable to compete with the plush King David Hotel a few blocks away and closed its doors in 1935. The building was expropriated by the British Mandate Government.
The Mufti was a rabid Arab nationalist and political rabble-rouser. He incited anti-Semitic rioting and massacres against Jews in Palestine and led the anti-British Arab revolt in Palestine between 1936 and 1939.
|Husseini leaving the Peel Commission|
|Weizmann arriving at the Commission|
After the British departed Palestine in 1948 and Israel's creation, the Palace Hotel became Israel’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.
|Palace Hotel under construction today|
|Artist's rendition of future hotel|
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