Simpson Report and British Statement on Palestine Policy Due at End of This Month

The report of Sir John Simpson on problems of land settlement, immigration and development will be made public at the end of this month as will the long-awaited statement of the British government’s future policy in Palestine, Dr. Drummond Shiels, British under-secretary of state for the Colonies, told an Arab deputation, says a communique issued by the Arab Executive today.

The communique adds that the deputation discussed the questions raised in the conversations of the Arab delegation in London in addition to the problem of the Wadi Hawareth lands, education and the budget which Dr. Shiels said was receiving the attention of the government. The Arab deputation composed of Mouzza Kazim Pasha, president of the Arab Executive, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Ragheb Bey Nashashibi, mayor of Jerusalem, Yacoub Faraj, vice-mayor of Jerusalem, Aunib Abdul Hadi and Jamal Husseini, secretaries of the Arab Executive, Alfred Roch, Christian Arab and Moghanem.

The British government is consulting with the Jewish Agency regarding constitutional changes in Palestine, Dr. Shiels intimated to a Jewish deputation comprising representatives of the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Council and the Jewish town council of Jerusalem. Those who saw Dr. Shiels were Col. Frederick Kisch, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive in Palestine, Dr. Werner Senator, treasurer of the Jewish Agency, Dr. Maurice Hexter, a member of the Agency’s Executive, Pinchas Rutenberg, chairman of the Jewish National Council, Meyer Dizengoff, Mayor of Tel Aviv, Chaim Arlosoroff, labor leader, Rabbi Ostrowski and Joseph Meyuchas, president of the Jewish town council of Jerusalem.

Col. Kisch dwelt on the functions of the Jewish Agency, and Dizengoff on relations between the Jewish community and the Palestine government. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency understands that Dr. Shiels deplored Jewish criticism and gave the delegation the impression that the government has made up its mind on the essential matters.

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