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A stand on the Palestine question was taken for the first time by the International Federation of League of Nations Societies at its recently concluded congress here. First placed on the Federation congress’ agenda at Madrid in 1929 by the Argentine League of Nations Society’s resolution it was postponed then for lack of time and not acted upon this year because the Argentine group did not come to Geneva.


The Palestine question however did come up at Geneva with a resolution introduced by the Palestinian-Jewish League of Nations Society which pointed out the achievement of the Jews in Palestine urged more support for the Zionist endeavor by the League of Nations and the Mandatory power and emphasized the need for a change in the Palestine administration.

The British League of Nations Society also had a Palestine resolution to offer. While the English resolution was not anti-Zionistic it could not be regarded as very friendly. Its chief aim was to say nothing which could be interpreted as leaning either towards the Jews or the Arabs. In view of this the Palestinian representatives arranged for conferences with the British representatives, among whom was Mrs. Blanche Dugdale, a niece of the late Lord Balfour. As a result of these parleys the British resolution was amended so as to be more favorable to Zionism and in this form submitted to the political and juridical commission where it was approved.


Before the resolution came up before the Congress the representatives of the Syrian-Palestine committee got wind of it and sent a telegram of protest to the Congress, terming the resolution Zionist propaganda and unfair to the Arabs. The protest telegram made little impression and had no effect on the resolution which was unanimously adopted with a number of leading delegates not voting.

The British resolution as adopted reminded the Mandatory power of its obligation to establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine and of its obligation to facilitate Jewish immigration and colonization without prejudicing the rights of the non-Jewish population. It expressed regret over the riots, condemned attempts to alter the Mandate policy by force and called upon the League of Nations and upon the representatives of all parts of the Palestine population to improve the mutual relations between Jews and Arabs.

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