Mandates Body Discusses Palestine Question Briefly

doli said that Mr. Henderson’s statement was very satisfactory and had the effect of effacing the first impression created by the British comments.

Marquis Theodoli said he was convinced that all members of the Mandates Commission will have appreciated the dignified, impartial and measured terms in which the vice-chairman, D. Van Rees, had welcomed the Henderson statement in the name of the Commission.

Closing the discussion on Palestine, M. Procope noted that unanimous agreement had been reached. He paid tribute to the Commission for its impartial attitude and officially informed it that the League’s Council had instructed the secretary-general of the League to forward the Commission’s report to the British government requesting the latter to give effect to the recommendations and conclusions contained in the report and take the action suggested.

VAN REES STARTS DISCUSSION

The conflict between the British government and the Mandates Commission was raised by M. Van Rees who pointed out that he reserved the right at the previous session to refer again to the British reply to the Commission’s report. Nevertheless the Commission is not likely to discuss the Palestine question unless, as Dr. Chaim Weizmann, resigned president of the Jewish Agency and the Zionist Organization, declared at the opening of the emergency session of the Zionist Actions Committee in London today, the Jewish Agency will submit a petition to the Mandates Commission asking it to discuss the Palestine situation immediately.

So far, however, the only Palestine petition that figures at this session is one dated May 1930 from the Syrio-Palestine Committee referring to the arrest of the former Mufti, Abdel Kader Mouzza Far.

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