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Jabotinsky Terms Allegation of Arab Delegation “Invention”

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The allegation of the Arab delegation to the United States that Vladimir Jabotinsky, leader of the Zionist Revisionists, had once said that "the Zionists will only allow enough Arabs to remain in Palestine to be hewers of wood and drawers of water" is an invention, the Executive of the Revisionist Organization here declared today after receiving word from Mr. Jabotinsky. Emir Ardel Arslan, head of the Arab delegation, made this assertion in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in New York, April 29.

What Mr. Jabotinsky did say is incorporated in the report of the Palestine Inquiry Commission (page 176). He said "there is not one Zionist who really dreams of ousting the existing rural population of Palestine. Suppose that practically all the available land in Palestine is occupied by fellaheen who actually work it. I would say, irrespective of whether I desire to oust them or not, it is impossible. They will remain, therefore, nothing remains for me. Then I would try another avenue.

"Perhaps it is possible, despite all, to constitute a nation simply by urban population, waiting for such time when the intensification of cultivation will allow the Arabs to live on a smaller area so that we can buy the remainder. If I came to the conclusion that that cannot be done, I would go to the Jews and say, ‘Commit suicide or go and become, I do not know what, Bolsheviks, anything, because you have no hope’."

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