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Peel Commissioner Cautions Against Reprisals

Sir Laurie Hammond, a member of the Peel Royal Commission whose proposal for three-way division of Palestine is now being examined by a partition commission in Jerusalem, cautioned Palestine Jewry today against a policy of reprisals for Arab terrorism.

In a letter to the Times, replying to Col. Josiah Wedgwood’s letter urging passive resistance, Sir Laurie warned that reprisals would damage the Jewish cause, depriving it of “sympathy justly earned.”

“Retaliation,” he said, “has already made the solution of the Palestine problem more difficult. Pouring oil on the flames of hatred is a dangerous experiment.”