JERUSALEM (Dec. 31)
The British Colonial Office has refused to comply with Arab demands for halting immigration of German Jews into Palestine, it is revealed in the usually well-informed Arab newspaper, El Liwaa.
The newspaper quotes the Colonial office as replying to a memorandum submitted by Arab parties to High Commissioner Wauchope that the halting of immigration of German Jews cannot be discussed and citing the promise of Britain to the League to help in the establishment of a Jewish national home.
At the same time, Al Liwaa says, the Colonial Office promised to safeguard Arab interests in connection with sales of Arab land to Jews by issuing in the near future a regulation forbidding the Arab peasant to sell land until he proves that he retains enough soil to support himself.
The Colonial Office reply, the newspaper says, referred to the recently proclaimed legislative council for Palestine as a step toward democratic government.
The Arab memorandum demanded restrictions on Jewish immigration and on land sales to Jews.