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Lawrence View on Arab Riots is Disclosed

May 21, 1935
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“With 400 decent British policemen in Palestine the Jews need not fear any Arab riots,” was the opinion once voiced by Col. T. E. Lawrence, the “Lawrence of Arabia,” whose funeral services will be held tomorrow at Moreton, near the cottage where he lived.

This opinion of Lawrence’s is disclosed today in the Manchester Guardian in an article by L. B. Namier, former political secretary of the Jewish Agency.

Mr. Namier states that Lawrence supported Zionist aims and was a friend of the Jews. He was ready to testify in fav## of the Zionists before the British Cabinet in 1930, following the anti-Jewish riots of 1929 in Palestine but was not called.

Mr. N###er also discloses that Lawren###d him that the Cairo conference of 1921 decided to merge Transjordan with Palestine and open Transjordan to Jewish immigration. Circumstances, however, forced the continuance of Transjordan as a native State under British protection, in order to prevent the French from obtaining control over it.

“If you had 400 decent British policemen in Palestine there would have been no trouble for the Jews there,” Col. Lawrence said to Namier after the anti-Jewish massacre of 1929, according to Namier’s article in the Manchester Guardian today.

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