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Zionists Uneasy over British Attitude on Palestine

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Zionist circles are increasingly perturbed over the British Government’s attitude on Palestine, seeing increasing indications of its intention to proceed with the White Paper policy despite the war. These indications are evidenced by the Government’s continued refusal to permit refugee settlement in Palestine, the rejection of offers for the creation of Jewish war units and the present reported intention to implement the land transfer provisions of the White Paper.

Concern is felt that the tacit truce on the White Paper, existing since outbreak of the war, is being terminated by the Government which, it is believed, intends to proceed with implementing the policy despite the fact that there is no opportunity for the League Council to consider the situation.

Jewish circles are unable to comprehend the Government’s attitude in allocating large sums for aid of Polish refugees, including Jews, but in not willing to permit settlement of these Polish Jewish refugees in Palestine under the provision in the White Paper for admission of 25,000 refugees. It is understood that the recent visit here of David Ben Gurion, chairman of the Jerusalem Executive of the Jewish Agency, during which he conferred with Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald, failed to obtain anything to allay Jewish apprehensions.

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