Jerusalem (Oct. 15)
“The long-expected, new naturalization law of Palestine has finally been worked out and is ready for publication; it will confer Palestinian citizenship on Jews and non-Jews alike, after two years residence in the country”, Sir Herbert Samuel, High Commissioner of Palestine declared today in his first formal interview given to press representatives.
“The principles of the Government Ordinance granting autonomy to the Jewish communities of Palestine has been finally approved by the Colonial Office”, the High Commissioner further stated. “The going into effect, however, of this Ordinance, may possibly be delayed for some time.
“With regard to the loan proposed by the Palestinian Government for the necessary reconstruction work”, the High Commissioner expressed his fear that the “question may be delayed on account of the new Parliament elections in England. It will be impossible to submit the plans before the new Parliament convenes.
“The rumors that Transjordania will be annexed to Palestine are unfounded. Transjordania is a part of the British mandatory area and negotiations are now under way between the Government of Great Britain and Emir Abdullah, ruler of Transjordania, as to the conditions and form of administration of the country”, Sir Herbert declared. “My term of office expires next June. The British Government, however, has not considered the question of a successor. One thing is certain: Sir Gilbert Clayton, the Civil Secretary of the Palestinian Government has announced his intention to retire from the Palestinian service next spring.”
Sir Herbert will leave tomorrow for Geneva, where he will attend the meeting of the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations, which will receive his report on conditions in Palestine. He will return in three weeks.