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Chancellor Receives Jewish Delegations Prior to Vacation Departure

June 18, 1929
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Sir John Chancellor, High Commissioner of Palestine, will leave tomorrow for England on his vacation.

Three delegations representing the Jewish population of the country were received by the High Commissioner during the week-end. Harry Sacher headed the delegation of the Zionist Executive, Dr. Joshua Thon led the delegation of the National Council of Palestine Jewry and Mr. Yevserov the delegation of the Palestine Near East Exhibition. A request for an interview was also received at the Government House from the anti-Zionist Palestine Arab Executive for the purpose, it was stated, of pressing the demand for a legislative council in the country.

Today, the High Commissioner entertained at lunch the mayors of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa and Nablus. Questions pertaining to the proposed changes in the constitution of the Palestine municipalities were discussed. M. Dizengoff, mayor of the all-Jewish city, Tel Aviv, and other members of the Tel Aviv Council, were received separately.

The correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency understands that the Zionist Executive delegation received important assurances from the High Commissioner regarding the planned settlement of the Wailing Wall controversy. Radical changes in the structure of the municipal governments, especially Jerusalem, are contemplated and are to be directed toward procuring for the Jews a just share not only in the administration but in the public works carried on under the auspices of the municipali- (Continued on Page 4)

The delegation representing the National Council of Palestine Jews urged the reconsideration of the composition of the Palestine and Transjordania frontier force from which Palestine Jews were practically excluded several years ago. The delegation also asked that such conditions be created in the Palestine police as would make possible the recruiting of Jews into the police force. The number of Jews on the force is steadily diminishing, they pointed out. The High Commissioner, it was stated, referred to the opinion of the former High Commissioner, Lord Plumer, and expressed his regret that changes are impossible although, he added, the government is anxious to enlist in the force a number of suitable Jewish candidates.

To the delegation of the Palestine and Near East Exhibition, the High Commissioner stated that during his stay in England he plans to study the possibilities of greater participation by British firms in future exhibitions in which he is greatly interested.

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