Jews of Iraq Do Not Desire to Claim Minorities Rights in View of Proposed Termination of Iraq Mandat
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Jews of Iraq Do Not Desire to Claim Minorities Rights in View of Proposed Termination of Iraq Mandat

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The Committee has now satisfied itself that the Jews of Iraq do not desire to claim Minorities Rights in view of the proposed termination of the Mandate for Iraq, the Joint Foreign Committee stated in the course of its report to the meeting of the Jewish Board of Deputies held to-day (part of which is given on another page).

The Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations, at the beginning of November examined the situation in Iraq, it said, particularly in respect of the general conditions to be fulfilled before the termination of the Mandate, and paid special attention to the question of guarantees for Minority communities.

The President of the Board, Mr. O. E. d’Avigdor Goldsmid, was asked during the meeting whether it was possible for him to give an assurance to the Board that the Joint Foreign Committee had had direct contact with the different and widely-spread Jewish communities in Iraq in regard to the question of the relinquishment of the Mandate, considering the Committee’s statement in its Report to the Board that it had now satisfied itself that the Jews of Iraq do not desire to claim Minoritiesrights.

Mr. Goldsmid replied that he understood that there were provisions for Iraq to sign a Minorities Treaties similar in character to that signed by Albania, and he believed there were to be strict clauses for the adequare protection of Minorities. We have had no specific or direct contact with those communities, he added, but we consider that our statement is a correct one.


The Aliens Committee in the course of its report to the Board drew attention to the following announcement which appeared recently in the press:

In view of the serious state of unemployment in this country the regulations regarding the admission of aliens and ex-British subjects have been tightened up by the Home Office. The aim of the authorities is to check the tendency of foreign youths and girls to come to Britain and take posts which would otherwise be available for British workers. Even former British subjects who have become naturalised abroad will find it difficult to get back, and only in very exceptional cases will the rules be relaxed.

Mr. Schildkraut, the Chairman of the Aliens Committee, told the Board to-day that they had no definite information on the point. We are making a note of the announcement in the press, he said, and we are watching the situation as closely as possible.


The question of the position of Palestine in the economic system of the British Empire was raised at the last meeting of the Palestine Committee of the Board of Deputies, it was reported, and the Committee will request the British Section of the Jewish Agency to give the matter full consideration.

No discussion took place on the Palestine Report.

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