Arab Viewpoint on Palestine Presented to Laborite Members of British Parliament
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Arab Viewpoint on Palestine Presented to Laborite Members of British Parliament

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Parliamentary members of the Labor Party this week attended a meeting in the House of Commons called to give them the “Arab viewpoint” on the Palestine issue, it is reported in the press here today. The meeting was arranged by a number of Laborite members who hold pro-Arab views.

The initiators of the gathering pointed out that they were very much disturbed over the situation which might arise in Palestine if the Zionist requests are complied with. Several of the parliamentarians who attended the meeting took a proZionist attitude, while others did not commit themselves, the report says.


Sir John Chancellor, former High Commissioner for Palestine, under whose administration the Arab riots of 1929 took place; in a letter to the London Times today, recommends the partitioning of Palestine. The partition plan proposed by the Royal Commission before the war is the only practical plan for solution of the Palestine problem, he declares. He warns that “serious disturbances” can be expected in Palestine if the problem is not solved soon.

“Both the Jews and the Arabs dislikd partition, but both of them will oppose any plan making concessions to the other,” Chanceller writes. “The difficulties involved in the partitioning of Palestine are great, but they are surmountable. The strategic frontiers are not important.”

The former Palestine High Commissioner expresses the view that a Jewish State in a partitioned Palestine “will be supported by the wealthy Jews of America and would thus be self-supporting.” The Arab State, he says, may require financial assistance. He re jects the recommendation by the Royal Commission that the Jewish State give an annual subvention to the Arab State. “It is the British Treasury that should provide financial help to the Arab State,” he writes.

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