The leadership of the Council is controlled by Hajj Amin al-Husayni. He appoints preachers and controls large sums of money from property rents and a large annual subvention from the British administration. He uses the Council to wield influence through cronyism and nepotism. His dominance over the Council and as Grand Mufti of Jerusalem radicalizes Palestinian Arab politics. He opposes any effort to initiate Palestinian participation in self-government, lest it diminish his control over Palestinian Arab politics.