Henderson Says Britain Will Respect Rights of Both Arabs and Jews in Palestine

Foreign Secretary Arthur Henderson of Great Britain on his arrival here for the sessions of the League Council declared in a conference with newspapermen that with regard to Palestine Great Britain has a great responsibility, that it will not spare any efforts to fulfill the duties which the Palestine mandate put upon it and that it will seek to respect the rights of both Jews and Arabs. For this purpose, he said, Great Britain seeks the support of the League Council, and hopes the Council will help it discharge its very large and important duties.

The refusal of the Mandates Commission of the League to appoint a commission to settle the differences between Jews and Arabs with regard to the Wailing Wall, Henderson said, is understandable, but he hopes that in the light of new explanations the Council will find ways of accepting Great Britain’s proposal in a manner such as will not contradict the terms of the Palestine Mandate.

Hugh Dalton, Undersecretary of the British Foreign Office, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent that the British government will suggest certain minor changes, but that fundamentally its proposal with regard to the Wailing Wall controversy remains the same.

The Wailing Wall question will be taken up on Tuesday, it was learned. Henderson will remain here until Tuesday evening.

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