British Government Reported Ready to Release White Paper on Arrests in Palestine
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British Government Reported Ready to Release White Paper on Arrests in Palestine

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The British Government will issue a White Paper this week disclosing some of the evidence which led it “to take drastic measures” in Palestine, the parliamentary correspondent of the London Times reports. Further evidence which was uncovered during the raids will also be made public, he asserted.

The correspondent said that it is not believed that the current Anglo-American talks on Palestine will be completed in time for the government to make a statement of policy before Parliament recesses at the end of the this month.

A spokesman for the Jewish Agency said today that there was no truth to reports that Dr Chaim Weizmann has begun negotiations with Prime Minister Attlee. He pointed to the fact that the Agency will hold a meeting in Paris next week to draft its demands.

Elsewhere, it was pointed out that the Zionists are awaiting the Prime Minister’s expected statement on the Palestine situation, which may be made next week, before making any move to initiate negotiations with the government.

The Sunday Times states today that the Anglo-American experts are coming around to the idea that, perhaps, a federal system along the lines of the proposed settlement in India might be the solution of the Palestine problem.

The federalization scheme would involve the partitioning of the country into autonomous Arab and Jewish states, under a central administration in which both peoples would be represented.


A Reuter dispatch from Jerusalem tonight quoted Jamal Husseini, leader of the Palestine Arabs in the Mufti’s absence, as stating that the Arabs would reject partition as a solution of the Palestine problem. Husseini told a Reuter correspondent that “the time has come for a final showdown. Britain must choose between us — Arabs or Jews.”

The Sunday Times also reports that the U.S. and British conferees may recommend an international appeal to all countries to receive Jews, with the United States announcing, simultaneously, its willingness to accept an agreed upon number.

The Sunday Observer says that High Commissioner Sir Alan Cunningham, who arrived here yesterday from Palestine, may be invited to confer with the Anglo-American experts. The Observer repeats earlier rumored that Cunningham brought with him damaging evidence found during the raids on Jewish institutions in Jerusalem. However, authoritative sources questioned today by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency deny the truth of these reports.

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, one of the four American members of the Jewish Agency, arrived here today by air from Canada. He will confer with Zionist leaders here and then leave for Paris to attend the Agency meeting.

The admission of 100,000 Jews into Palestine would not in any way threaten the Arab position, and Britain and American must cooperate to see that this recommendation of the Anglo-American inquiry committee is carried out, Rabbi Morris Lazaron, of Baltimore, told a meeting at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue here yesterday.

“Every consideration of humanity demands that something be done to alleviate the misery of these stricken people.” Rabbi Lazaron said, “but extremist demands by Zionist or Arab should be ignored. We shared in the study and recommendations; we must share in putting them into effect.”

He added that it might be “wise for Britain and the United States to place their joint recommendations before the United Nations.” Any action taken then would “represent the judgment and have behind it the sanction of the world.”

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