Jerusalem (Jan. 7)
An official communique relating what was the reply of the new High Commissioner to the demands submitted by a delegation of the anti-Zionist Palestine Arab Executive for the establishment of a parliament in the country, was issued by the government.
The High Commissioner declared, the communique states, that the beginnings for popular representation were already made in Palestine through the reorganization of the municipal councils. A legislative council was offered to the Palestine Arabs by Sir Herbert Samuel, then High Commissioner, but this proposal was rejected. The High Commissioner recognizes the importance of this question, but he finds it impossible to give an immediate reply. During his visit to London in the Summer, he will consult Col. Amery, the Colonial Secretary. Upon his return to Palestine, he will resume the negotiations with the Arab Executive.