Macdonald Held ‘sympathetic’

Capt. Austin Hudson, parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Transport, revealed last night that he had conferred lengthily with Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald on Jewish fears concerning Palestine. He felt that Mr. MacDonald was most sympathetic and was keeping in closest touch with both Arab and Jewish opinion.

Speaking at a meeting in North London, Capt. Hudson warned against rumors on Palestine’s future as causing trouble and bitterness. He declared one thing was sure, that among every party in parliament there was great sympathy for the oppressed Jewry of central Europe. He stressed the loyalty of Palestine Jewry to Great Britain.

Sir George Jones, Conservative M.P., urged immediate enlargement of Jewish immigration to Palestine and expressed the conviction that the best solution would be to give the Jews the power to regulate immigration, adding he was sure they would deal fairly with the Arabs.

The New Statesman and Nation said editorially today it was generally expected that British policy would be to maintain the mandate with the aim of establishing, through collaboration between the Arabs and Jews, a unified Palestine. The weekly voiced the hope that America would not make the British task harder. The Spectator declared that the ease and rapidity of restoration of order in Jerusalem showed that it was only the weakening of Government authority, and not their own strength, which had allowed the Arabs to win the success they had achieved.

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