London (Oct. 8)
In an offort to prevent illegal Jewish immigration into Palestine, British naval patrols are being reinforced not only along the coast of Palestine, but also the Greek and Italian coasts, it was reported here today.
The Jewish Agency today denied a report published in a leading New York newspaper that the American and British governments have informally inquired of the Agency for estimates on the number of ships which would be needed for any large-scale immigration to Palestine.
Abdul Rahman Azzom Bey, secretary general of the Arab League, who is now in London, was received today by Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin. An article by Major Gen. Edward Spears, former British Minister in Syria, published today in the Daily Telegraph, warns that further large-scale Jewish immigration into Palestine against the will of the Arabs “will foster the most violent anti-Semitism in the Middle East where large Jewish communities stand as hostages for what happens in Palestine.”
Gen. Spears rejects the idea of partitioning Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. He says that this will not solve the Jewish problem because “Arab- Jewish claims are irreconcilable.” He concludes by emphasizing that “a solution, with Arab consent, which leaves the Jewish national home as established and has self-government as its goal, is the only one compatible with our obligations to the Jews and the Arabs.”
Sir John Hope Simpson, author of the anti-Zionist “Simpson Report” on Palestine, in a letter to the London Times, strongly opposes the Zionist demands for a Jewish State and for admission of displaced Jews to Palestine.
Despite the political tension over the Palestine issue, the Arab and Jewish delegations of Palestine citrus growers which recently arrived here are collabes rating in an effort to increase the exports of citrus fruit from Palestine. The two delegations are avoiding talks on political problems.