Jerusalem (Feb. 16)
The Government letter interpreting Palestine policy entirely contradicts the White Paper and creates a new policy which ignores the political rights of the Arab population, concentrating only on their civil and economic status, to the advantage of the Jewish National Home, and gives approval to the claim of Jewish labour to a share in public works, the delegation from the Palestine Arab Executive, consisting of its President, Mous sa Kazim Pasha, and Messrs. Yakoub Faraj, Auni Bey Abdul Hadi, Jemal Husseini, and Moghanan Effendi, is understood to have declared to the High Commissioner, Sir John Chancellor, when they interviewed him to-day, submitting to him their protest against the change in British policy in Palestine.
The White Paper laid it down that there are no lands available in Palestine for sale and that there is no room for any more immigrants, and the interpretation of the White Paper permits land transfer and heterogeneous immigration, the protest submitted by the delegation to the High Commissioner for transmission to the British Government in London says.
The threat of a boycott of Jewish products (which was foreshadowed in yesterday’s J.T.A. Bulletin) is made formally in the course of the document, which is signed by Moussa Kazim Pasha, as President of the Palestine Arab Executive.
I am obliged, he writes, to propose to the Arabs, that they should boycott the Jews everywhere in retaliation for the Jewish boycott of Arab labour.
The new interpretation of Government policy in Palestine, the statement declares, makes impossible the Arab-Jewish co-operation for which Mr. MacDonald pleads.