Palestine Arabs Reject Development Scheme

The question of appointing an Arab adviser to the Director of Palestine Development came up again to-day at a meeting of the Palestine Arab Executive, which has decided not to make the appointment, and has reaffirmed the decision not to have anything to do with the Development Scheme, which was adopted soon after Mr. French’s appointment as Director of Development was announced.

The Palestine Arab Executive rejected the Development Scheme at a meeting held last August for the purpose of deciding its attitude before Mr. French’s arrival in the country.

The meeting, which was attended by 31 members, lasted for five hours, and was of a very stormy character, the majority finally deciding not to recognise the negotiations with regard to the Development Scheme which had been conducted by its representatives with the Government.

The meeting also decided not to appoint an Arab adviser to assist the Director of Development. (“The Jewish Agency and the Arab Executive will be invited to nominate one member each to assist the Director in an advisory capacity”, is a passage in the dispatch sent in July by the late Colonial Secretary, Lord Passfield, to the High Commissioner for Palestine, setting out the methods of carrying the Development Scheme into effect).

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