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British Parliament Weighs Question of Arab, Jewish Immigration to Holy Land

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The problem of the recent disturbances in Palestine was raised yesterday at the opening session of parliament when Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, Colonial Minister in the National government issued a lengthy statement on the latest developments in Palestine. Sir Philip went over the known facts of the situation based on official communiques issued by the Palestine government.

Particular emphasis was placed by the Colonial Minister on assurances that the British government would scrupulously discharge its duty under the mandate, an obligation it owes both to Jews and Arabs.

Sir Philip again lauded the behavior of the Palestine police and the action of the High Commissioner, Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope.

Peter MacDonald, Conservative member of parliament, asked that the Colonial Secretary enact measures to end illegal Jewish immigration into Palestine.

Sir Philip admitted there is some illegal Jewish immigration and stated that “practical steps will be taken to deal with the matter.” Asked by Barnett Janner, Liberal follower of Sir Herbert Samuel, regarding illegal Arab immigration, particularly from the Transjordan, Cunliffe-Lister returned a non-commital answer, saying that he could make no reply until the facts have been carefully studied.

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