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Britain Urged to ‘go Slow’ on Partition

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SLOWING-DOWN OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S DRIVE FOR PARTITION OF PALESTINE WAS URGED TODAY BY THE DAILY HERALD IN VIEW OF REPORTS FROM THE HOLY LAND THAT JEWS AND ARABS THERE MAY REACH SOME ACCORD.

AN EDITORIAL URGED COLONIAL SECRETARY ORMSBY-GORE TO RESTRAIN HIS DESIRE TO HURRY MATTERS BEFORE THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS. THERE IS A DISTINCTLY GROWING POSSIBILITY, THE PAPER DECLARED, THAT PARTITION, IF NOT HURRIED, MAY PROVE UNNECESSARY, AND IT IS PLAINLY WISE TO GIVE THE NEW MOVE TOWARDS A NEW DEAL IN PALESTINE A CHANCE.

THE RECENT DECLARATION BY COLONEL HENRY MACMAHON THAT HIS WORLD WAR PROMISES TO THE ARABS AS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR EGYPT AND LATER AS BRITISH COMMISSIONER ON THE MIDDLE EAST INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION IN 1919 HAD NOT INCLUDED ANY OFFER OF PALESTINE, WAS THE SUBJECT OF THREE LETTERS PUBLISHED TODAY IN THE TIMES.

BARON LAMINGTON URGED PUBLICATION OF ALL THE MACMAHON CORRESPONDENCE. JAMES MALCOLM, FORMER CANADIAN MINISTER OF TRADE, DECLARED THE PALESTINE QUESTION WAS SETTLED BY THE TREATY BETWEEN THE LATE KING FEISAL OF IRAQ AND THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE.

BEAKLES WILSON, WHO SERVED IN THE INTELLIGENCE CORPS IN PALESTINE IN 1918, DECLARED THAT “IT IS NOT GOING TOO FAR TO SAY THAT AT THE CLOSE OF THE WAR PALESTINE WAS REGARDED BY ALL AS THE FUTURE JEWISH HOME, AND THAT THE ARAB POPULATION REALIZED AND ACQUIESCED IN THIS.”

A CARTOON GIBE AT PARTITION BY DAVID LOW WAS PUBLISHED TODAY IN THE EVENING STANDARD. THE SKETCH, UNDER THE CAPTION “STANDING ROOM ONLY,” DEPICTED A WORRIED JEW BALANCING WITHIN A TINY SPACE ON A MAP OF PALESTINE, WITH ORMSBY-GORE DRAWING LIMITS AROUND HIS FEET AND SAYING: “AFTER ALL, IT DOES GIVE YOU NATIONAL STANDING.”

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