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Unequivocal Cancellation of Passfield White Paper Demanded

An unequivocal demand for the cancellation of the British government’s White Paper on Palestine and the “dangerous and erroneous basis underlying it” is made today by the Hebrew daily, Haaretz, in discussing the rumors that the British government is considering a new statement that will explain and amplify the first one.

Reviewing Premier MacDonald’s, Lord Passfield’s and other official explanations since the state of policy was published, the Haaretz opines that despite assertions to the contrary the world-wide protests have been effective. All attempts to pacify, explain and even to hint at retreats will not avail “except to weaken our opposition against the Labor government’s anti-Zionist policy,” the Haaretz declares.

“Henceforth new declarations and commentaries will not suffice. We demand the cancelling of the White Paper and the dangerous and erroneous basis underlying it,” the paper says.

Referring to Lord Passfield’s interview with Reynold’s Newspaper in London in which he denied that the White Paper contained any word about the stoppage of immigration, the Doar Hayom terms Passfield’s statement “typical eyewash.” When Lord Passfield divides Jewish immigration into nine categories he “conceals the fact that labor immigration forms from 80 to 90 percent of the entire Jewish immigration,” the Doar Hayom says.

The paper also asks how Lord Passfield can speak of colonization being unrestricted when the “prohibition of land transfers is pending. Passfield’s statement shows that he considers the White Paper a fait accompli from which he does not intend to recede.”

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