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Hebrew Paper Publishes Details of Palestine-arab Negotiations

October 10, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

A full account of the negotiations conducted some time ago between Arab notables and Mr. E. Mills, acting Chief Secretary of the Palestine Government, on the question of Arab cooperation with the Government, and the possibility of creating a Palestine parliament, is published by the “Ha’Aretz,” Hebrew daily here.

The Arab negotiators, the paper states, interviewed the responsible Arab leaders during the course of the conferences, which lasted through four long sittings, regarding the Arab demands and their aspirations, the alleged unsuitability of existing legislation to Arab demands, reasons for the Arabs’ negative attitude to the Government, refusal to participate in the elections to the Legislative Council and rejection of the offer for the creation of an Advisory Council and Arab Agency. The Arab negotiators pointed out the necessity of amending the present policy in Palestine, forming a regime on the lines of that in Iraq, Lebanon and that being formed in Syria, and limiting the international responsibility of Great Britain so as not to encroach upon the national, political, economic and religious rights of the Arabs. The Palestine Constitution was dealt with, and Mr. Mills promised finally to send a memorandum on the negotiations to the Arab side, in which they would be given details of the sittings and to present this memorandum to the High Commissioner.

When the Arab party received the memorandum, the paper further states, they found that it was necessary to introduce certain changes, declaring that it was foreign to the spirit that had prompted the negotiations, and preparing a memorandum of their own for transmission to the High Commissioner. Mr. Mills stated that the publication of the Municipal Elections Ordinance was a great concession on the part of the Government and a step forward towards internal liberty in Palestine.

The paper gives the full text of the memorandum submitted by Mr. E. Mills. It covers the points of the negotiations–the creation of a Parliamentary administration so that the population may assist in the legislation of the country; the difficulty of according the proposal with the Balfour Declaration; the introduction of an explanation of the British policy contained in the White Paper of 1922, into the Palestine Constitution; the introduction of a clause into the Constitution that while the Palestine population is aware of the Government’s acceptance of international obligations, it does not necessarily accept them; the creation of a Senate and lower Chamber, the first being composed of Government officials and picked notables, and the second of elected delegates–one to each 20,000-25,000 inhabitants–both Chambers to have the power of enacting internal legislation, but not the veto of financial expenditure and international obligations. The other clauses deal with the method of procedure in both Houses and the examination of financial bills and international obligations, the division of the population into three election sects–Moslems, Christians and Jews, the basis of voting being proportional representation, the electors and elected being Palestinians only.

David Glickman, Brooklyn real estate operator, died Thursday in the Jewish Hospital, Brooklyn. He was forty years old.

Mr. Glickman was born in Philadelphia and lived many years in Chicago, where he was a member of Universal Lodge, F. and A. M. He had lived in Brooklyn ten years and was active in civic and philanthropic work. He was active in the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and in Brooklyn Lodge, B’nai Brith.

The Boy Scout movement claimed his chief interest and he was a liberal contributor both of time and money to that organization.

An English translation of Sholom Ash’s novel, “Kiddush Ha’shem” has just been issued by the Jewish Publication Society of America. The price is $1.50.

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