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Agency Issues Summary of Memorandum to Royal Commission

April 4, 1937
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Reiteration of the Zionist position that Great Britain has the duty not only to permit but to encourage Jewish settlement in Palestine was contained today in a press summary of a 300-page memorandum submitted by the Jewish Agency for Palestine to the Royal Commission in Jerusalem last Nov. 20.

The summary says:

“It is the duty of the Mandatory Power actively to facilitate the establishment of a Jewish national home and to use its best endeavor to facilitate Jewish immigration. The essence of the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate is that the Jews be not merely permitted, but encouraged to settle in Palestine to the full extent of its capacity to absorb them.

“It is the duty of the Mandatory Power to make every effort to increase the absorptive capacity of Palestine by energetic development, economic use of land and resources, and by active encouragement of Palestinian industry.

“The development of self-governing institutions should proceed on lines appropriate to the conditions prevailing in Palestine and in conformity with the principle that between Jews and Arabs there will be no domination by either side. That principle once accepted, the Jewish Agency will be ready to discuss the means of establishing harmonious relations between the two races on the basis of common interest in the well-being of a common home.”

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