Jerusalem (Dec. 27)
The message from the Inquiry Commission to the people of Palestine at the opening session expressed the confident hope that “our investigation should receive the fullest measure of assistance from those who desired that the true causes of the deplorable events of last August should be ascertained.”
“On the eve of our departure,” today’s message read, “we feel that we may venture the claim that our hope has been realized. Through representatives appointed to appear before us the parties concerned made us fully acquainted with the subject matter of our mission.
“Witnesses have been drawn from many sections of the community and from most parts of the country. From all parties we have had a full measure of assistance and cooperation in our work, and we feel that we take home not merely a record of the recent tragiv events which marred the history of this country, but material which should be most helpful to us in our analysis of the causes of those events, and suggestions of the highest value from individuals and persons of representative organizations as to the steps to be taken to avoid the recurrence of such outbreaks.
“The time at our disposal has been too limited to allow us to undertake visits to all of the outlying districts in the country. We found it possible to make some visits and we listened to (Continued on Page 7)
“Our charge from His Majesty’s Government is two-fold. We have now completed the first part, namely, of the local inquiry. In the more difficult task before us, of determining the causes of the outbreak and framing recommendations for the future, we shall be encouraged by the thought that all who were concerned in our inquiry readily cooperated. We shall apply ourselves to the task full of confidence that they will be equally ready to cooperate in the conduct of the future policy of this country on such lines as His Majesty’s Government, after consideration of our recommendations, may decide to adopt.”