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House Foreign Affairs Committee to Start Hearings on Palestine; Bevin Criticized

Hearings on a concurrent resolution demanding that Britain carry out the terms of the Palestine Mandate are expected to begin next week before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution was introduced yesterday afternoon by Representative Sol Bloom of New York, chairman of the Committee, who severely criticized Bevin’s statement on Palestine.

The statement was also denounced on the House floor by Representatives Emanuel Celler and William E. Barry of New York, while Senator Robert F. Wagner of New York issued a statement in which he declared that the British Foreign Secretary’s remarks on agitation in New York for the admission of 100,000 Jews to Palestine constitute “a gratuitous and studied insult which will not be forgotten.”

The resolution, which requires approval of the House and the Senate, states “that it is the sense of Congress that the terms, conditions, provisions, guarantees and pledges pursuant to which consent was given by the United States to the British Mandate of Palestine by strictly adhered to,” Bloom said that an Anglo-American treaty ratified in 1924 gave the consent of this Government.

No change in the conditions and terms of the British Mandate over Palestine may be undertaken without the consent of the United States,” he declared, charging that Britain has consistently violated the terms of the Mandate and consequently of the treaty with the United States. Bevin’s statement about placing another division of British troops in Palestine if the 100,000 Jews were admitted, “practically tells the Arabs to engage in uprisings against the Jews,” Bloom said.

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