London (Oct. 12)
A threat that Jewish residents of Arab countries will suffer, if Jews are permitted to enter Palestine was voiced here today by Emile Bustani, acting chairman of the Arab trade delegation now in London.
“The forcing of alien immigration into an Arab country,” he warns today in the Daily Telegraph, “will definitely lead not only to prejudice against British interests in all Arab countries, but will also jeopardize the status of the Jews now living in these countries.”
The Daily Telegraph says in an editorial today that “nothing will be gained by delaying further a statement of Government policy with regard to Palestine.” It may well be, the paper argues, that no conceivable policy will command universal assent and that there will be trouble from one side or another whatever is done, but the British Government will at least know where it is. The editorial emphasizes that “the Palestine situation is explosive” and that if an explosion takes place, it would be detrimental not only to British interests, but also to the peace of the world.
A Reuter report from Cairo says that Palestine will be one of the principal topics at the second annual meeting of the Arab League due to open in Cairo on October 29, The League will discuss steps “to prevent Palestine passing into Jewish hands,” an announcement of the forthcoming meeting said. Abdul Rahman Azzam Bey, secretary general of the League, who is now in London, will visit Washington before he returns to Caire for the meeting, the report indicated.
Arab students in Damascus met today in connection with the Palestine situation, while some Syrian newspapers called upon the Arab League to organize a boycott of Palestine Jewish goods in all Arab countries.