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British Labor Party Opposes Partition of Palestine; Wants Arabs Transferred

The British Labor Party is opposed to “diminution of the area of Jewish development in Palestine” by partitioning, Arthur Greenwood, Labor Party leader, states in an article appearing in the current issue of “Jewish Labor,” the organ of the Poale Zion movement.

Emphasizing that the Labor Party has, since the last war, realized that homelessness was at the root of the Jewish problem, Greenwood reiterates the party’s full support for the re-establishment of the Jewish people on a status of full equality among the nations of the world, and for the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish commonwealth. At the same time, he writes, the Labor Party demands citizenship and equal opportunites for Jews in every country, coupled with the right to retain their identity and to develop a group life.

Defending the party’s suggestion, made some months ago, that the borders of Palestine be extended and that some of the Arab population be moved to Iraq, the labor leader says that this suggestion is in accordance with the general principles of international post-war settlement. The strengthening of the sparse population of Iraq by an influx of Arabs might be considered advantageous to the Arabs, he asserts, especially if such a transfer were supported financially by the United States.

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