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“britain Not Coerced,” New York Times Says in Editorial on Commission

Announcement of the Royal Commission to investigate and eradicate the causes of the current Palestine disorders is evidence that Great Britain “refuses to be coerced by violence and assassinations”, an editorial in the New York Times states today.

Declaring the impartiality of the commission’s personnel is beyond question, the Times commends Colonial Secretary William Ormsby-Gore’s refusal to start the inquiry until order has been fully restored.

The editorial finds praiseworthy, the refusal to consider Arab terms before the commission’s inquiry has been completed and concludes that adoption of a less firm policy “would have seemed, at least at this distance, to penalize the Jewish population of Palestine for their attitude of extraordinary restraint in the face of provocation and grave danger, and to reward the Arabs for their campaign of coercion.”

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