1,600 Entry Certificates Set Aside for Non-jews

SIXTEEN HUNDRED CERTIFICATES OF THE PALESTINE IMMIGRATION SCHEDULE OF 9,600 ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY ARE RESERVED FOR NON-JEWS, IT WAS ASCERTAINED TODAY.

THE OTHER 8,000 CERTIFICATES ARE SET ASIDE FOR JEWS, PROVIDED THEY CAN BE ABSORBED, THUS CONFORMING TO THE QUOTA PROPOSED AS A MAXIMUM BY THE BRITISH CABINET IN ITS WHITE PAPER OF JULY 7. (IN YESTERDAY’S NEWS, IT WAS INCORRECTLY REPORTED THAT THE SCHEDULE OF 9,600 WAS FOR JEWISH IMMIGRATION.)

TERMINATION DATE OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE, SET FOR MARCH 31, 1938, IS SUBJECT TO EXTENSION BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, IT WAS FURTHER ASCERTAINED.

A CONFERENCE OF THE MAPAI, ZIONIST LABOR PARTY, DECIDED TODAY TO PROTEST AGAINST THE ORDINANCE AS A VIOLATION OF THE MANDATE.

THE LABORITE HEBREW DAILY, DAVAR, PUBLISHED AN EDITORIAL SHARPLY CRITICIZING THE ORDINANCE, DECLARING IT WAS INTRODUCED SOLELY TO RESTRICT AN INCREASE IN THE PERCENTAGE OF JEWS IN THE POPULATION. IT PARTICULARLY ASSAILED THE PROVISION ALLOCATING 1,600 OF THE 9,600 CERTIFICATES FOR NON-JEWS, HOLDING THAT THIS CLEARLY INDICATED A CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT POLICY ON “THE MOST IMPORTANT PALESTINE PROBLEM.” THE GOVERNMENT’S ASSERTION THAT THE LAW IS TEMPORARY IS NOT SATISFACTORY, THE EDITORIAL SAID, SINCE IT IS SUBJECT TO EXTENSION BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER.

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