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Palestine-Syria Trade Pact on Way; Arab “Strocity” Charges Derided

June 29, 1939
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Negotiations are in progress for a new customs agreement between Palestine and Syria, Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald told Commons today. "I am unable to say whether any increases in existing duties on goods imported from Syria will be made," he added, "but the interests of all sections of the populations of Palestine are being borne in mind."

Earlier the Colonial Secretary branded as a "mass of falsehoods" charges made in a document published last Thursday by the Arab center here that the British Government was committing "atrocities" in Palestine.

Queried as to the number of Jews currently detained in Holy Land concentration camps who have not as yet come up for trial, MacDonald said: "I am informed by the High Commissoner for Palestine that 95 Jews are presently detained in prison and detention camps under emergency regulations. These include 74 Revisionists, 18 Communists and three others."

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