JERUSALEM (May. 27)
Thirty British engineers have just finished maps of Palestine ordered by the British Royal Commission, it was reported today, in order to carry out the partition of Palestine.
The maps have already been sent to England, where the Royal Commission’s report will be made public the third week in June, declared the Hebrew daily, Haboker.
It has been persistently reported that the Commission, which investigated last year’s Palestine disorders and the administration of the mandate, intends to recommend division of Palestine as the solution of Arab-Jewish difficulties.
A Jewish state is to be set up, it was declared, which will cover 3,000,000 dunams (about 750,000 acres) from the Galilee to Gaza, including the hill area. The State would be called Eretz Israel (Land of Israel).
The rest of the country, Haboker said, excluding Haifa, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, will be joined to Transjordan under the sovereignty of Emir Abdullah — whom Great Britain is believed to be backing as a stabilizing force among the Arabs.
The three cities excluded from the partition will be internationalized, it was stated, Bethlehem and Jerusalem because of their religious associations and Haifa because of its position as an import Mediterranean port.
To meet the needs of the Jews for intensive colonization, the reports said, the Negeb sector in southern Palestine will be proclaimed as a mandated area where the Jews will have the right to colonize 5,000,000 dunams (about 1,250,000 acres).