The Weizmann Archives here had received copies of several thousand letters and other documents which will be of “enormous value” in shedding light on British-Zionist relations and Middle East political developments after World War I, it was announced today by Mayer Weisgal, chairman of the executive council of the Weizmann Institute of Science, He said that the existence of the documents had only been recently discovered.
The documents showed for the first time that the original first draft of the famous agreement between Emir Feisal and Dr. Chaim Weizmann, signed in London in 1919, was in the handwriting of Simon Marks, a British Zionist leader and associate of Dr. Weizmann. The agreement pledged the aid of Feisal, then King of Syria, to Zionist efforts in Palestine. Mr. Weisgal said that the documents included “illuminating reports” on the meeting between Feisal and Dr, Weizmann in Wahaida in June, 1918, including a Feisal letter in Arabic. Other letters were from the archives of Sir Reginald Wingate, the British High Commissioner in Egypt during World War I, and other important British personalities.
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