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British, Arab Rule of Council Seen by Votes

How completely the British and Arabs will dominate the proposed Palestine legislative council, if it is based on the results of municipal election recently held in Palestine, may be seen in a report on the elections submitted to Colonial Secretary Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister by the Palestine High Commissioner.

Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope’s report shows that 20,325 Arabs and 8,585 Jews are entitled to vote in municipal elections in Palestine. These figures exclude Tel Aviv, all-Jewish city of 70,000, where elections will be held in January. The report also discloses that although the Jewish population of Jerusalem exceeds that of the Arabs, only 4,325 Jews have a right to vote as compared with 4,362 Arabs.

Palestine Jewish leaders have objected to the proposed legislative council on the ground that the Arabs and the appointed British members will control the council and also that the body violates the terms of the Mandate under which Great Britain rules Palestine.

British authorities announced recently that the plans for the council would be carried out despite opposition of the Jews.

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