Geneva (Jan. 10)
That members of the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations questioned the practicability of the establishment of a Legislative Council for Palestine, on the ground that the Arabs would not co-operate in it, thus rendering it futile, is revealed in the minutes of the Mandates Commission, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns authoritatively. The minutes of the Commission will be published two weeks hence.
A heated debate on the subject developed when the Palestine High Commissioner, reporting to the Commission in November, made it known that the British Government contemplated the establishment of the Legislative Council after its municipalities ordinance had been carried into effect.
Members of the Mandates Commission, of the belief that the Arabs would not be friendly to a Legislative Council, offered as examples of the Arab attitude of non-co-operation the fact that the Arabs had resigned, as a token of their non-co-operation, even from Technical Commissionsâ€”the Road Board and the Agricultural Commissions, etc. of which Jews were members. In such circumstances how could it be awaited that the Arabs could co-operate with the Jews in the government of the country, the Palestine High Commissioner was asked.
Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, it is