London (Jul. 12)
To a deputation from the Board of Jewish Deputies that came to appeal to His Majesty’s Government to release the recently suspended immigration certificates and demonstrate its intention to administer Palestine in the spirit of the Mandate, Lord Passfield, British Colonial Secretary, stated that there has been no change in the British government’s policy in Palestine, no uncertainty in its execution of the Mandate and the protests of the Jews appear to be based upon a misunderstanding.
Lord Passfield’s statement was issued in the form of an official communique last night by the Colonial Office. The delegation that called on the Colonial Secretary consisted of d’Avigdor Goldsmid, president of the Board of Jewish Deputies; Lord Rothschild, vice-president; Jacob M. Rich, secretary and Bertram Stuart Straus, treasurer.
ONLY JEWISH HOME ENVISAGED
The Mandate did not envisage the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine but only a Jewish national home consistent with the maintenance of the position and rights of the Arab population, Lord Passfield informed the deputation.
Pointing out that while there has been no stoppage of immigration there must be a limit to Jewish immigration determined by the absorptive capacity of the country, Lord Passfield said that 950 certificates on the labor immigration schedule for the present half year