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Arabs Back British Plan to Call International Parley to Solve Jewish Problem

The Arab representatives at the London Palestine conference agreed with Britain on the necessity for convening an international conference to seek a solution of the Jewish problem, Abdul Rahman Azzam Bey, secretary-general of the Arab League and chief Arab spokesman here, told a press conference today. He said that all the Arab states had agreed to participate in such a conference.

The Arabs had rejected the British federalization scheme, he said, because “it would be bad for both the Arabs and the Jews.” Cooperation between the two peoples is possible only in an independent state which would have some Jewish ministers and, perhaps, a Jewish representative in the Arab League, Azzam Bey stated. He disclosed that the head of the British delegation told him that both the British and Arab plans were still on the agenda of the conference.

The Arab League official claimed that the Arab demand for a ban on Jewish immigration was not discriminatory, “but necessary in view of the political aims of immigration.” For this reason the Arabs also objected to limited immigration during the transitional period before a final solution is arrived at.

Azzam Bey revealed that the Palestine Arabs have not accepted the Arab plan presented here, but expressed the hope that they would not be “intransigent.”