WASHINGTON (Mar. 2)
The question of Palestine will be taken up at an important diplomatic parley between American and British government representatives which is slated to open soon in London with a view of coordinating Anglo-American policy on postwar problems, it was indicated here today.
At the same time several members of Congress charged today that the British Government may have inspired the protests by Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the United States Government against the Palestine resolution now before Congress. These protests were rejected yesterday by Senator Robert F. Wagner of New York in replies which he sent to the presidents of the Iraq Senate and the Chamber of Deputies who had urged him to withdraw from the Senate the Wegner-Taft resolution which demands free immigration for Jews to Palestine and the ultimate establishment of a Jewish Commonwealth there.
In rejecting the Iraquion protest, Senator Wagner pointed out that Congress “for more than a century has been able to reach its own conclusions without advice from officials of foreign nations” and “is fully able to reach a wise conclusion in this matter which will be in accord with the wishes of the American people.” He predicted that Congress would approve the Palestine resolution.
CONGRESSMEN SUSPECT BRITAIN OF STIMULATING PROTESTS
Congressman Ranulf Compton of Connecticut, co-sponsor of the Palestine resolution in the House, today issued a statement voicing his approval of Senator Wagner’s reply. “My first thought upon learning of the protests of the Egyptian, Iraquian, Syrian and Lebanese governments was that these protests may well have been inspired by the British Government which is in control in those countries.” he said in his statement.
“I concur in Sen. Wagner’s rejection of the Iraqui protest,” the statement continued, “although I recognize the right of these legislators to present their views. Such protests, however, should strengthen our own determination to protest to the British Government against the exclusion of the Jews from Palestine and thus assume the obligations we accepted nineteen years ago when we pledged our good faith to the Jews. We have borrowed too much of our foreign policy from other nations in the past and should not now determine a question of national honor on the basis of the attitudes of the legislators of any foreign country — irrespective of the extent of our regard for those countries.”
A similar statement was issued here today by Congressman Emanuel Celler who called the protests of the four Moslem countries an “artful dodge on the part of the British Colonial Office to support the White Paper.” Senator Taft, co-spumes of the Palestine resolution in the Senate, said he would issue a statement after studying the text of the protests.