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Municipalities Ordinance to Be Promulgated Even if Observations Are Refused

The Palestine Government has notified the Municipalities that the new Municipalities Ordinance will eventually be promulgated, even if the Municipalities refuse to submit their observations because they consider the projected ordinance “inconsistent with the dignity and interests of the Palestine people.”

All observations were scheduled to be submitted by December 31st. The Government holds, however, that the ordinance can be promulgated, without the observations, and if the amendments are desired, they can be made in due course.

The municipalities ordinance has drawn the ire of both Arabs and Jews. Last November, sixteen Palestine Mayors, including two Jews, one of them Mayor Mayer Dizengoff of Tel Aviv, the other the Mayor of Tiberias, unanimously decided to reject the projected municipalities ordinance.

The municipalities ordinance is to be promulgated preliminary to the establishment of a Legislative Council in Palestine, according to the announcement of Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, the Palestine High Commissioner, before the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations.

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