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Jewish Agency Will Demand All of Palestine at U.N. Hearings; Ready to Compromise

The Jewish Agency, when it appears at hearings of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, will demand the whole of Palestine as a Jewish state, but at the same time will inform the committee that it is still prepared to compromise on a proposal for the establishment of a “viable state in an adequate part of Palestine.” The decision was arrived at late last night at a full meeting of the executive.

The inquiry committee last night held a closed meeting during which it discussed memoranda submitted by the Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern Group, it was learned today. However, there was no indication as to the effect of the extremist pleas upon the members.

The committee members today visited Haifa, to where they travelled in a caravan of 19 shiny cars, filled with correspondents, members of the secretariat, liaison officers and others. They were received at the City Hall by Jewish Mayor Shabbetai Levy and Arab Vice-Mayor Shehadeh Shalah, both of whom delivered brief welcoming addresses. All Jewish members of the city council were present, but the Arab councillors boycotted the ceremony. Levy stressed the extent of cooperation between Arabs and Jews in Haifa.

The committee later visited a Jewish soap factory, an Arab cigarette plant–whose management barred representatives of the Jewish Agency–and a Jewish textile factory, where they conversed with the employees in their own languages, since virtually every European nation is represented among the plant’s personnel.

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