London (Jul. 15)
Profound disappointment with the statement of Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, Colonial Secretary, in the House of Commons yesterday on the Palestine loan was expressed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise of New York because the loan, as outlined, is chiefly for the Arab population.
“What a lamentable ending to a great hope!” Dr. Wise declared. “The French Report has evidently become a law with the Colonial Office, a fallacious, misleading report which builds up a fictions case for the so-called Arab landless who, by Cunliffe-Lister’s admission, are less than a thousand.
“Our hopes rest in a united effort of the Jewish people to move the British Government to accept full responsibility for the implications of the Palestine Mandate.”
Dr. Wise expressed his belief that the British Government has not yet had its last word in yesterday’s statement. He voiced the hope that the recent utterances of the British Government regarding the position of the Jews in Germany, expressing the will of the British people, will make possible the entry of a maximum number of German Jews into Palestine.