British-jewish Talks Postponed; Jewish Agency Cool to British Plan for Joint Body

A meeting between representatives of the British Government and leaders of the Jewish Agency, which was scheduled to take place here today as part of the continuing informal talks on Jewish participation in the conference on Palestine, was postponed. No date was set for resumption of the discussions.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns that the British suggestion that a special committee of Jewish and British representatives be appointed to prepare suggestions for easing the tension in Palestine has been received coolly. The leaders of the Jewish Agency are unlikely to agree at present to the appointment of such a committee.

The Agency representatives have asked the British for an increased monthly immigration quota for Palestine during the interim period until the conference on Palestine resumes in Dec., it was learned here. The government reply was to have been given today.

On their part, the British are reported to have requested the Agency to denounce all terrorism in Palestine in principle and to resume active cooperation with the Palestine authorities. According to Reuters, the Agency representatives have made it clear that the Agency neither could nor would act as “informers” for Gen. Sir Evelyn Barker, British Commander in Palestine, and that they required certain powers to deal with terrorism themselves.

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