Eden Indicates Britain Willing to Share Palestine Mandate but Few Nations Want It
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Eden Indicates Britain Willing to Share Palestine Mandate but Few Nations Want It

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British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden today indicated at a press conference that Britain would be ready to share the Palestine mandate. However, he said, “so far there are not many nations willing to take over the mandate.”

He said that Britain is discharging its obligations to the Jews in Palestine to the best of its ability. Asked whether under the trusteeship system Britain would discard its present obligation under the League of Nations mandate, Eden replied that he was not ready to answer this question since the trusteeship problem is still under discussion between the British and American delegations here.

A demand that Palestine be placed under a five-party trusteeship, consisting of the United States, Britain, Russia, France and the Jews, was advanced in a memorandum submitted by the Hebrew Committee of National Liberation to Prime Minister Peter Frager of New Zealand who heads the committee on trusteeships. The memorandum endorses the American delegation’s viewpoint on trusteeships and opposes the British proposal that the mandatory power should not have to report to the General Assembly of the proposed international organization on the administration of territories placed under trusteeship.

Under a five-party trusteeship, the memorandum says, “Palestine will be ready in less than two years to be granted its full independence as a free state recognizing the equal rights of all its citizens without discrimination on groands of religion or national or ethnical extraction; with the Jews, Christians, Moslems and others living in full enjoyment of the rights and obligations of citizenship.”


Dr. Stephen S. Wise was the principal speaker tonight at a public meeting at the Scottish Rite auditorium sponsored by the local division of the American Jewish Congress in cooperation with the American Zionist Emergency Council. The meeting was also addressed by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, Louis Lipsky and Irving Miller.

Dr. Wise expressed the hope that the San Francisco Conference will build a world “which will forever banish the principles and policies of fascism,” and will secure equal rights for Jews throughout the world, making impossible, in the future, the slaughtering of “one in every three of the world’s Jews” as was the case during the past years.

“The Jewish citizens of America,” Dr. Wise continued, “who love this land and who have served our country throughout the war with utmost devotion, confidently hope that the organization of world security will take account of two fundamental needs of the Jewish people.

“First, that the rights of every man in every land, of every race, of every faith, or unfaith, shall be scrupulously and fully safeguarded. Second, that the international security organization in taking over the mandate for Palestine shall safeguard the rights of the Jewish people as recognized by the Balfour Declaration and confirmed by the mandate to Great Britain, and that after such transfer, the mandatory power with the help and support of our own country shall take all needful steps in order to bring about, through free immigration, the establishment of a national Jewish home in Palestine and a free and democratic Jewish Commenwealth.

“We believe that the people of our country and England have so willed the establishment of the Jewish national home as a reparation owing to the Jew from the newly established world of security, justice and peace to which the Jew has made contribution through unique prophetio ideals and unweary striving of the Jewish people.

The delegation of the Canadian Jewish Congress was received today by Canadian Primeminister William MacKenzie King who discussed with them varicus aspects of the security conference affecting Jewish problems. The delegation consisted of Samuel Bronfman, Archibald Bennett, Samuel Zack and Saul Hayes.

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