Colonial Office Pledges Mandate Observance; Palestine is Quiet

Great Britain will discharge its mandatory duties in Palestine “without fear or favor”, but law and order must be preserved, Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, Colonial Secretary, said today.

The Colonial Secretary spoke very plainly to the people of Palestine in an exchange of messages with the High Commissioner, Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, on the occasion of the opening of the new Haifa harbor.

“There is under the mandate an obligation to facilitate the establishment of a Palestine national home for the Jewish people,” Sir Philip said. “At the same time there is an equally definite obligation to safeguard the rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine. Both obligations will most carefully be observed.” hundred Jews proceeding to Palestine to settle there, were permitted today to debark from the Gdynia-America liner Polonia at Port Said and proceed to Palestine overland.

Most of the passengers on the vessel, which makes the run from Constanza to Haifa, Palestine, are from Poland. The ship had been ordered to anchor at Port Said instead of Haifa by the Palestine authorities who feared that the landing of a large number of Jewish immigrants at Haifa, which was the scene of Arab rioting Saturday, would lead to new disorders.

The Egyptian government had refused to permit the Palestine immigrants to debark at Port Said for two days until, today, it received the assurances of the Palestine government that all of the party would be admitted to Palestine and would not remain on the hands of the Egyptian government.

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