Assurance that Great Britain would, in the long run, do her utmost to render justice to both Jews and Arabs in Palestine was given as a parting message to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today by Harry M. Snell, chairman of the Labor Party of Great Britain, who came to the United States a week ago to address the American Jewish Congress.
“I have absolute faith that my country will try to find the just and right way to deal with this situation,” he said in refering to the controversy raised over the new Palestine policy. Mr. Snell, whose own deep-lined face and earnest eyes bear out the traditional conception of the sincere political-minded Briton, expressed himself as profoundly moved by the events of the past few days. He was one of the Inquiry Commission sent to Palestine after the riots of a year ago, and published a minority report with the report of the commission.
“I had no idea when I sailed that the Simpson report was about to be made public. If I had known, I would perhaps not have to come to America. As it was, I believed that my trip here would be in a way the last move in my occupation with the Palestianian problem. But now I don’t know. I am sailing tonight in the hope of being home in time to take part in the debates on the subject in the coming Parliamentary session.
“But of this I am sure, no matter what action is taken, it will rise out of my country’s desire to be absolutely fair in the matter. I cannot conceive of Britain acting otherwise.”
A farewell luncheon, of a purely social nature, was given for Mr. Snell by Bernard M. Deutsch, president of the American Jewish Congress, at the Biltmore Hotel today.