London (May. 13)
In view of the deadlock resulting from the British government’s rejection of the Arab’s delegation’s demands the discussions have been closed and the delegation has decided to return home. This was revealed in a statement issued here last night by the delegation which has been in England since late in March, having arrived almost on the eve of the publication of the Palestine Inquiry Commission’s report.
The statement issued by the delegation says that the Arab demands were a cessation of immigration into Palestine, that the lands now in Arab possession be made legally inalienable and the establishment of a democratic government in Palestine in which all the inhabitants would participate in proportion to their numbers.
In revealing that the negotiations between the Arab delegation and the government had reached an impasse the statement also commented on the fact that the British government was sending an expert to study land and immigration problems and that it would shortly introduce certain constitutional changes in the government of Palestine. This, the statement declared, would fall short of the Arab demands.
The delegation of six consisted of Mouzza Kazim Pasha, president of the Arab Executive, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mayor Nashashibi of Jerusalem, Jamal Husseini, secretary of the Arab Executive; Alfred Roch, a Christian, and Auni Abdul Hadi, one of the Arab counsel at the Inquiry Commission’s hearings.