London (Jan. 23)
The attitude of the Arab population of Palestine has become more conciliatory as a result of the conduct of the Palestine Commission of Inquiry, declares an editorial in “Near East and India,” a magazine reputed to be close to the British Colonial Office. The editorial points out that the decision to send an Arab delegation to London which will arrive about the time of the publication of the Commission’s report is largely inspired by hopes that the report will be favorable to the Arabs.
On the other hand, “Near East and India” notes that the buoyant attitude of the Arabs is counterparted by the comparative depression of the Zionists, and wonders whether it was good policy on the part of the Zionists to attack the Palestine administration, thus driving it and the Arabs closer together.
Continuing, the editorial says “yet, strong as the Arabs may think their case before the Commission to have been made out, they reveal a lamentable weakness in internal quarrels over the personnel of the London delegation.” “Near East and India” advises the Palestine Arabs to follow the example of Ibn Saud and Faisal by putting aside family disputes for national interests, which will strengthen their position considerably.
“The British public is sick and tired of political manoeuvrings, wire-pullings and jerry-mandering in Palestine. Give it a broad issue of major justice in Palestine and it will meet it with a broad answer,” says the editorial.