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Arab Committee in Canada Announces Plan of Activities; Will Combat Zionism

April 20, 1944
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A wide-scale plan of pro-Arab activities in Canada was announced today by the recently-formed Canadian-Arab Friendship Committee. The main task of the committee will be to combat the Zionist movement, but the plan also outlines other activities such as fostering friendship and understanding between Canada and the Arab-speaking countries of the world; encouraging the interchange of information and trade between Canada and the Arab nations; striving for the establishment of chairs for the teaching of Arabic in universities and other educational institutions and encouraging Arab students to enter Canadian universities.

The Committee has sent a resolution to Premier Mackenzie King and to Malcolm Macdonald, the former Colonial Secretary who is now British High Commissioner to Canada, stating: “The Canadian-Arab Friendship Committee wishes to express its sincere appreciation of the British Government’s attitude in implementing its aim as contained in the White Paper of 1939, as a fair and equitable solution of a vexing problem in view of the circumstances preceding its formulation. By ceding the privilege to control their own immigration to the rightful inhabitants of Palestine, it is to be hoped that the Arabs of Palestine recognize in this action of the British Government a salutary step, though belated, in the direction of a continuation of that traditional friendship that has been the fundamental characteristic of the relations between these two great peoples for a number of years.”

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