LONDON (Feb. 16)
Jewish delegates to the Palestine conferences today intensively discussed a proposed solution of the Arab-Jewish conflict, submitted to them last night by Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald, giving Arabs and Jews political equality but restricting Jewish immigration on entirely new and original lines. The MacDonald plan was discussed first at an executive meeting of the Jewish delegation and later at a plenary session of the Jewish conference committee.
Earlier, Dr. Chaim Weismann, president of the Jewish Agency, was received by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain at 10 Downing Street. The interview was attended by Mr. MacDonald. Accompanied by several colleagues, Dr. Weizmann is understood to have given the Prime Minister a summary of developments at the conference but to have advanced no categoric proposals.
At the same time, King George Vl received in audience Prince Seif el Islam el Husseini, head of the Arab delegation from Yemen.
Last night’s Anglo-Jewish session was addressed by Sholom Asch, novelist, Rabbi Moshe Blau and Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog, both of Palestine. Speaking on behalf of East European Jewry, Mr, Asch appealed to the Government in the name of “millions of poor Jews for whom Palestine is the only hope” not to close Palestine’s gates. Rabbis Blau and Herzog both avoided political aspects in their addresses, stressing instead the spiritual side of the issue.
Lord Samuel denied to the J.T.A. a report published by the Palestine Arabic daily, Falastin, alleging that he had three consultations with Iraqi Premier Nuri Pasha es-Said in connection with the conferences and had also submitted to the British Government a memorandum requesting larger representation for British Jews in the Jewish delegation.