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at Inter-parliamentary Conferrence Leave Meeting when Palestine Issue Barred

April 10, 1947
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Several Arab delegates-stalked out of today’s meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union when the presiding officer ruled out references ## the Palestine question.

The issue arose during a discussion on the question of migration, when several ##presentatives of the Arab countries sought to link the solution of the refugee ##oblem with Palestine. Gueffry Boutros Ghali Bey, Egyptian delegate, charged that ##ionist propaganda” had given a distorted picture of the Palestine situation and re##lled the religious and cultural links between Egypt and Palestine.British delegate R.R. Stokes, a Labor M.P. who has been consistently anti?onist, interrupted on a point of order, declering that Palestine should not enter ##nto discuesion of the migration problem. Stokes was supported by Senator Alben ##rkley of the United States, who said that since the Palestine issue had already ##en referred to the U.N., it should not be discussed by the Inter-Parliamentary ##ion.Arab delegates who sought to precipitate a debate on the subject were ruled ##ut of order, and Gahli withdrew his remarks. However, the Syrian and Iraqi dele?tes and some of the Egyptians withdrew from the meeting.

Earlier, Stokes stated that the whole world should be open to the resettle?nt of refugees, adding that the Jewish problem should not be confused with the ##lestine problem, and that a solution of the refugee question should not be left ## the Arabs alone. This statement elicited cheers from the Arabs and touched off ##e controversy.

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