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Colonial Office Says It Has Not Yet Formulated Attitude to Lease of Transjordan Land to Jews

January 24, 1933
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The Colonial Office today informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that it has not yet received sufficient information concerning the lease by Emir Abdullah of Transjordan of part of his personal domain to Jews. In the circumstances, the Colonial Office has not yet formulated its attitude toward the question.

When more facts are available, the matter will be considered in all its bearings, including the various repercussions which may arise, the Colonial Office spokesman stated.

Political circles sounded by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here express the view that while the Jewish company interested in the lease of Transjordan land carried on negotiations with Emir Abdullah exclusively, the British Government may have an important voice in the matter because Jewish immigration to Transjordan is certain to arouse a measure of difficulty.

Among the difficulties cited are the question of additional security, an increase in the government budget and political considerations of various categories.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency was assured, however, that there is no reason to assume that the British authorities will view unfavorably Jewish ventures to colonize in Transjordan.

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