Jerusalem (May. 20)
The British and American Governments today invited Jews and Arabs to submit their views on the Anglo-American inquiry committee’s recommendations by June 20.
The British invitation was conveyed this morning by High Commissioner Sir Alan G. Cunningham, who held separate meetings with Jewish and Arab representatives. At 10 a.m. the High Commissioner received three representatives of the Arab Higher Committee and one hour later he conferred with Bernard Joseph, representing the Jewish Agency.
The United States note was communicated to the Jewish Agency and the Higher Committee by Consul-General Lowell C. Pinkerton, acting on instructions from the State Department in Washington.
Dr. Joseph is reported to have told Sir Alan that the Government’s request will be submitted to a meeting of the Jewish Agency which is to be held tomorrow morning, followed by a meeting of the Small Zionist Actions Committee.
The Arabs have also postponed their reply until a meeting of the Higher Committee can be convened, probably on Wednesday when Jamal Husseini, its president, returns from Damascus.
Initial response to Jewish participation in talks on implementation of the Anglo-American report was unfavorable. Several newspapers asserted that such talks in themselves would be a violation of the recommendations. They also cited the fact that the round-table conferences which followed the report of the Peal Commission resulted in the issuance of the White Paper.
Meanwhile, the Jewish Agency is reported going ahead with plans for absorption of the 100,000 immigrants whose immediate transfer from Europe was recommended by the inquiry committee. The plans include provisions for housing and employment. New housing to accommodate the immigrants will cost about thirty to forty million dollars, it is estimated. A new reception camp for the immigrants has already been established near Hadera. At present, it is occupied by 600 passengers from the Fede and Fenice who arrived in Haifa yesterday.