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Copeland Introduces Senate Resolution Protesting Partition

August 12, 1937
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CONDEMNING BRITISH PROPOSALS TO PARTITION PALESTINE AS “OUTRAGEOUS,” SENATOR ROYAL S. COPELAND (DEM., N.Y.) INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE TODAY A RESOLUTION ASKING THE SENATE’S “FORTHRIGHT INDICATION OF UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT MODIFICATION IN THE MANDATE WITHOUT SENATE CONSENT.”

INTRODUCTION OF THE RESOLUTION FOLLOWED A SPEECH IN WHICH MR. COPELAND POINTED TO THE POSSIBILITY OF “A DISTRESSING INTERNATIONAL EPISODE WHICH MAY REQUIRE SERIOUS THOUGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE AMERICAN CONGRESS.”

HE WAS SUPPORTED BY SENATOR WILLIAM H. KING (DEM., UTAH) WHO CONDEMNED PARTITION, DECLARING BRITAIN WAS “DISHONORING PLEDGES AND VIOLATING THE BALFOUR DECLARATION” AND ASKED A PROTEST AGAINST THE “PERFIDIOUS POLICY.”

MR. KING ANNOUNCED THAT AS PRESIDENT OF THE PRO-PALESTINE FEDERATION HE HAD SENT A LONG CABLE TO THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT PROTESTING THE “UNJUST AND CRUEL” MEASURE WHICH, HE SAID WARRANTED ACTION BY ALL CHRISTIANS.

SENATOR COPELAND DECLARED THAT THE TERRITORY ALLOTTED THE JEWS IN THE PROPOSED PARTITION WAS INSUFFICIENT TO MAINTAIN EVEN A SMALL NUMBER OF JEWS AND THAT ESTABLISHMENT OF A SMALL JEWISH STATE MIGHT RESULT IN A WAR BETWEEN THE JEWS AND THE ARABS.

GREAT BRITAIN, HE SAID, HAS NOT DONE ITS DUTY IN PALESTINE. POINTING TO ARTICLE 7 OF THE BRITISH-AMERICAN TREATY WHICH STIPULATES THAT ALL CHANGES IN THE MANDATE MUST BE APPROVED BY THE UNITED STATES, MR. COPELAND SAID ENGLAND WAS “ABSOLUTELY DISREGARDING” THIS COUNTRY.

THE JEWS ARE HAVING A “TERRIBLE TIME” IN GERMANY, POLAND AND RUMANIA, COMPARABLE TO THEIR TROUBLES MORE THAN 2,000 YEARS AGO, HE SAID. AT THE SAME TIME HE NOTED A “DISTINCT ANIMOSITY” ON THE PART OF AMERICAN CONSULS ABROAD IN GRANTING VISAS TO JEWS, WHICH, HE SAID, SHOWED DISCRIMINATION.

THE SENATOR ASKED AN EARLY REPORT BY THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE ON HIS RESOLUTION SO THAT THE SENATE WOULD NOT “SIT IDLY BY” WHILE ENGLAND MADE “A SCRAP OF PAPER” OF THE TREATY.

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