What the Permanent Mandates Commission Recommended to the League Council Concerning the Arab Petitio

The revised text of the report of the Permanent Mandates Commission dealing with the petition of the Palestine Arab Executive reads as follows:

“The British Government in its covering letter confined itself to stating that it was in no way responsible for its contents. In this very voluminous document the authors put forward certain complaints with regard to a large number of points also dealt with in the Annual Report of the Mandatory. The Commission considered the majority of these complaints on October 28th and 29th and the morning of October 30th. It also devoted a portion of its meeting on the afternoon of October 30th to the special examination of the report in question. After discussion, the Commission drew up its conclusions. It notes that the petition contains two kinds of complaints which it is necessary to separate clearly from one another: (a) First, the petitioners allege a large number of facts which if found to be accurate should be regarded as administrative abuses; and (b) Secondly, the petitioners protest against the terms of the Mandate itself as established by the Council of the League of Nations on July 2th, 1922. With regard to the facts in the first category, the Commission having ##ard the High Commissioner’s statements contesting the accuracy of certain of the facts mentioned, and explaining others, is of the opinion that there is no need to recommend the Council to take any action in the matter. If, however, the signatories desire to present a petition on any specific point, in accordance with the rules of procedure, the Mandates Commission will be ready to consider it. The Commission proposes that the Council should transmit to the petitioners the text of the present resolution, together with the Minutes of the discussions of its Sessions relating to the Palestine Mandate, containing the High Commissioner’s replies to questions asked.

“As regards the protests of the petitioners against the terms of the Mandate itself, and more especially as regards the desire for the establishment in Palestine of a fundamentally different regime from that of the Mandate at present in force, the “Commission considering its task confined to supervising the execution of the Mandate in the terms prescribed by the Council, is of opinion that it is not competent to discuss the matter.”

“Die Feder”, a monthly magazine, edited by Z. Weinper, printed in Yiddish, and devoted to Literature and Art, has this year for the first time published twelve consecutive numbers. This magazine is in existence four years and has as its contributors a number of well-known young poets and writers.

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