House of Lords in Stormy Debate over Integrity of Palestine Police

A motion by Col. Josiah Wedgwood asking for the disbandment of the entire Palestine police force and “the transfer of the whole lot into the army” provoked a stormy debate in the House of Lords today. Col. Wedgwood, in making this demand, leveled a number of accusations against the British police in Palestine, charging them with anti-Semitism, bribery and “lock of understanding.”

Lord Samuel and Lord Morris defended the Palestine Police force. Lord Cranborne, speaking for the British Government, denied Wedgewood’s charges and said that they can do great harm. He stated that the Palestine Police “is doing fine work in the face of constant danger of assassination by a small and active section of the population.” He added that the Government is ready to investigate individual cases of abuse but decried generalizations that “everything that the Palestine Government does is wrong.” Col. Wedgewood’s motion was defeated.

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