GENERAL REFERENCE (not clearly pro or con)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) wrote in an Mar. 25, 2003 entry titled "League of Arab States," published on their website that:
Dilip Hiro, journalist and author, in his 2003 article "The Essential Middle East / A Comprehensive Guide," provided the following description of the Arab League:
"In early 1942, faced with the prospect of Germany conquering North Africa, including Egypt, Britain tried to sway popular Arab opinion toward the Allies by publicly favoring the idea of unity of the Arab world, extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. Having countered the German threat, soon after London acted behind the scenes to bring about a preliminary Arab conference in the Egyptian city of Alexandria in September-October 1944. It was attended by official representatives of Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, North Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Transjordan, as well as a Palestinian observer on behalf of Arab Palestinians. Their decision to form the League of Arab States -- a cooperative of independent Arab counties -- was ratified on 22 March 1945 in Cairo."
2003 Dilip Hiro