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Relations Between Sir Samuel and Arabs Strained

March 26, 1923
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A possible change in the policy of Sir Herbert Samuel, High Commissioner of Palestine, towards the Arab Executive is seen by Zionist leaders in the denial yesterday by the High Commissioner of two demands of the Executive.

The Arabs asked that those arrested in the demonstration of March 14th to celebrate the success of the Arab boycott of the Legislative Council elections be released and that the Jerusalem chief of police be placed on trial for causing their arrest.

Sir Samuel categorically denied both of the demands and went to the length of intimating to the Executive that unless they cooperate in the maintenance of order, “he would not be responsible for the developments.”

Hitherto Jewish leaders in Palestine have complained that the High Commissioner’s policy towards the section of the Arabs opposing the Jewish Homeland plan was to conciliatory. Jews charged that all requests of the Jewish element were denied, and those of the Arabs were consistently favored.

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