London (Dec. 20)
Taking the side of the Arabs in the Palestine question, a Laborite member of the British Parliament, Andrew MacLaren, today asserts in the London Times that “the Arabs hope that the British Government will not modify the terms of the White Paper.”
The Arabs, MacLaren writes, accept the White Paper as recognition of their case, although not satisfactory in all details. He adds that the Arabs feel that the Zionists have prevented any approach to self-government by insisting that it cannot be granted until the Arabs are a minority.
Declaring that Palestine has already made a notable contribution to the solution of the Jewish problem, he asserts that Palestine, in itself, cannot solve that problem. Both moderate Arabs and Jews, he concludes, desire a policy which will replace the present turmoil, and possible bloodshed, with peace and “traditional quiet.”