Arabs Disturbed at Reports Government Likely to Modify Its New Palestine Policy

The Palestine Arabs are seriously disturbed because of the possibility that the British government will shortly modify its Palestine policy, as outlined in the Passfield White Paper, in deference to the protests to the Jews, says a message that the Arab Executive today requested High Commissioner Chancellor to transmit to London.

The message expresses the opinion that the government’s policy as it now stands does not differ from the Churchill White Paper of 1922 except that it shows a firmer intention to safeguard the interests of the Arabs and to rectify previous wrongs. A government retreat owing to pressure from the Jews would be an undesirable example to the Arabs, the Arab Executive hints.

The English edition of the Arab daily, the Falastin, takes a similar stand in warning Great Britain not to shift from its announced policy in order not to give the Arabs a lead because “in Egypt, Palestine, Iraq and India extremist forces exist urging other than constitutional methods.”

Meanwhile it is understood that High Commissioner Chancellor has told the Arab Executive that he did not believe that any statements subsequent to the White Paper to be made by the government would contradict that document nor did he believe that the White Paper was susceptible of modification.

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