Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

Ropose Extraordinary Session Mandates Commission to Consider Palestine Situation

September 9, 1929
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

The proposal that a extraordinary session of the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations be called to consider all the material connected with the recent events in Palestine was made by M. Procope, Jewish Foreign Minister, to Council of the League of Nations.

The suggestion followed the assurance of Arthur Henderson, British Foreign Minister that Great Britain has in intention of abandoning the principle of the Balfour. Declaration and the Mandate. In the event that the extraordinary session is not convened, M. Procope, stated that the situation will be discussed at the forthcoming ordinary session of the Mandates Commission in November. He thanked Great Britain for the detailed information as well as for its important declaration concerning England’s scrupulous application of the Mandate and all its stipulations.

Mr. Henderson’s statement of policy was followed by expressions of sympathy with the victims of the Palestine disorders and satisfaction with the steps taken by Britain to meet the crisis from representatives of the Polish, German, French, Canadian and Persian Governments.

Foreign Minister Zaleski of Poland stated that as the representative of a country inhabited by three million Jews, he expresses his sympathy to the victims in Palestine, nothing with pleasuse the announcement of the British Government that it will take measures to make a repetition impossible.

Thanking Henderson for his statement, Foreign Minister Stresemann of Germany, stated he is satisfied that the British government has taken immediate steps to suppress the disorders and to make possible the peaceful living side by side of the Palestine inhabitants.

Speaking in behalf of the Roumanian Government, Foreign Minister Titulescu stated that he is satisfied with Mac-Donald’s explanation that the troubles in Palestine were not the result of racial conflicts, but were rather individual criminal acts. Roumania sends her sympathy to the victims.

Associating himself with the declaration of sympathy, as representative of a country holding the mandate for a neighboring country, Prime Minister Briand of France, stated: “I declare that my government from the very first took measures in order to prevent complications.”

Senator Raoul Dandurand of Canada stated that the Council of the League cannot possibly form an opinion before it has received the report of the Inquiry Commission “which we await with the greatest interest.”

M. Foroughi, a Mohammendan representative of Persia, who presided at the Council, stated that “he sincerely hopes that the inquiries will be conducted in a spirit of complete justice and impartiality and that the results will be submitted to the League.”

Recommended from JTA