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Arabs Break Pledge to Bevin for Limited Jewish Immigration to Palestine

Definite assurances of Arab approval of limited Jewish immigration into Palestine, during the four-month period of the labors of the Anglo-American Inquiry Committee, were given to Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, at London last October, by Azzam Bey, secretary general of the Arab League Council, it was learned here today.

The following two reasons are given for the failure to fulfill the pledge. Azzam Bey was unable to persuade members of the Arab League, particularly Ibn Saud, to abide by his promise to Foreign Secretary Bevin. The Palestine Arab Higher Committee remained adamant in its opposition to any immigration by Jews. The promise by Azzam Bey to Foreign Secretary Bevin also ran up against the current and strongly surging anti-British feeling of the Arabs.