Henderson Reaffirms Labor Government Does Not Intend Yielding Mandate

The British government has no intention of reconsidering, as has been suggested, the British tenure of the Palestine Mandate, declared Arthur Henderson, Foreign Secretary, at this morning’s session of the British Labor Party’s conference.

There is no question of altering the position in regard to the Mandate or the policy laid down in the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and embodied in the Mandate, supporting the establishment of Palestine as a national home for the Jews, he declared.

This announcement was received with cheers from the thousand delegates present.

This policy is still and always has been subject to the condition that the civil and religious rights of all Palestine inhabitants, irrespective of race and religion, are at all times properly safeguarded, Mr. Henderson continued. “I am happy to say that the latest reports indicate that order has now been fully restored and energetic steps have been taken by the civil authorities to bring the guilty people to trial, whatever their race or creed. A Commission has been appointed to inquire into the immediate causes which led to the recent outbreaks and make recommendations of steps necessary to avoid a recurrence. When the Commission’s report is received, the government will earnestly consider along which lines, within the terms of the Mandate, the future Palestine policy will be directed,” he stated.

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