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No Evidence on Source of Anti-british Propaganda, Commons Told

The British Government has no evidence on the source of anti-British propaganda among Arabs in Palestine and the Transjordan, it was admitted in the House of Commons today by Dominions Secretary Malcolm MacDonald, speaking for the Colonial Office.

Mr. MacDonald’s admission was made in reply to a query by R. J. Fletcher, Laborite, who asserted it was inconceivable that the intelligence service in Palestine has no information on the subject.

Mr. MacDonald agreed to consider calling for a report on the situation.

Emanuel Shinwell, Laborite, joined the discussion with a query on whether the Government hasn’t already made inquiries on the source of the general strike of Arabs against Jewish immigration.

To this Mr. MacDonald replied that inquiries naturally had been made and that close watch was being kept on the situation. Replying to a query by Sir Walter Smiles, Conservative, he said he would inquire into the sources of the strike committee’s funds. He also said steps were being taken to deal with attempted intimidation of steamers unloading at the new port of Tel Aviv.

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