Copeland Charges Britain with “malfeasance” in Palestine

Senator Copeland, in the fifth of a series of articles on Palestine to be published in the Hearst papers tomorrow, charges the mandatory administration with laxity, “unwillingness” to cope effectively with Arab terrorism and “malfeasance.”

“In Palestine as elsewhere,” he states, “a policy of yielding to violence begets more violence. As our inquiry progressed, it became clearer that both Jews and Arabs who were bent on pursuing their peaceful labors were suffering from the malfeasance of the mandatory administration of the country.”

Senator Copeland, who toured Palestine with two other senators, cited the case of Cantor Savel Zebulon Kwartin, an American, whose grove near Gedera was ravaged by Arabs on Aug. 26 after the authorities had refused to furnish constables for protection.

“There is considerable evidence available that the indifference of the local authorities is responsible for the continuation of the reign of terror,” he says. “It is indeed a mockery that while the British army in Palestine is striving to extinguish the blaze of arson and assassination, many of the civilian officers are either wittingly or unwittingly encouraging the spread of that blaze.”

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