Truman Receives Report of Anglo-u.s. Committee; Text Will Be Released Next Week
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Truman Receives Report of Anglo-u.s. Committee; Text Will Be Released Next Week

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The White House today announced that President Truman has received the report of the Anglo-American inquiry committee, which was submitted to him by Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson, American chairman of the body.

The White House revealed that the report was submitted to the President at Quantico, Va., prior to his departure for Washington to attend Chief Justice Stone’s funeral. The report is not expected to be released here before the middle of next week.

Zionist leaders here have refrained from commenting on the reported recommendation of the committee that 100,000 Jews be admitted to Palestine immediately. They are withholding any expressions of opinion until after the full text of the report is made public.

Arab circles here also refused to comment on the recommendations. It was indicated, however, that Arab action on the findings of the committee will be mapped out at a conference of Arab leaders in Palestine which will be called after the report is made public.


Predicting that “some good is bound to come of the report,” Judge Hutcheson told a reporter of a Texas newspaper here that every member of the inquiry committee feels that its work was worthwhile. They were all impressed with the great need at this time for the inquiry, he declared.

Judge Hutcheson emphasized that he was motivated in the inquiry by the desire to do what would be just. He revealed that he had been criticized for approaching the inquiry like a judge in court. His answer was, he said, that in all cases there is justice and injustice “and I tried to figure out what would be just.”

In considering the problem of Palestine, Hutcheson commented, the members of the committee were “acutely conscious” that they were not the first 12-men commission to do so. “Moses had 12 men to spy out the land,” and Jesus also had 12 men. “Here is another 12-men group going to consider the welfare of the land,” summed up the inquiry committee’s attitude, according to Hutcheson.

He praised the Jews of Palestine for the results they have accomplished and for their intensive cultivation of the land. Referring to the communal settlements, he said a great destination must be made between residents of these communities and communists.

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