London (Apr. 19)
The Jewish Agency for Palestine has received the following communication from the Colonial Office:
I am directed by Secretary Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister to refer to your letter of the 7th. March, in which you have drawn his attention to an article published on the 28th. of February in the Paris “Rasswiet”.
In this article the allegation is made that, as far back as the beginning of last autumn, there was put into circulation at the Colonial Office, and among the British officials in Palestine, a confidential memorandum, of which the contents are said to include a statement that, in view of the criticism arising out of the present situation in Palestine, some change is necessary; that this change cannot be made in such a way as to favour the Jews generally, and that hence some scheme for the partition of Palestine would have to be considered. No crace can be found of the alleged document having been received either in the Colonial Office, or by the Government of Palestine. The Secretary of State has no knowledge of the existence of such a document nor is he aware of any attempt having been made to initiate the alleged scheme.