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Palestine,   pp. 999-1328 PDF (126.4 MB)

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                          Editorial Note
  Jamal Husseini, on behalf of the Arab Htigher Committee, appeared
before the Ad Hoc Committee on September 29. The summary of his
statement, printed in GA (II), Ad Hoc Committee, pages 5-11, notes
at one point: "Regarding the manner and form of independence for
Palestine, it was the view of the Arab Higher Committee that that
was a matter for the rightful owners of Palestine to decide. Once
Palestine was found to be entitled to independence, the United Na-
tions was not legally competent to decide or to impose the constitu-
tional organization of Palestine, since such action would amount to
interference with an internal matter of an independent nation.
  "The future constitutional organization of Palestine should be based
on the following principles: first, establishment on democratic lines
of an Arab State comprising all Palestine; secondly, observance by
the said Arab State of Palestine of human rights, fundamental free-
doms and equality of all persons before the law; thirdly, protection by
the Arab State of the legitimate rights and interests of all minorities;
fourthly, guarantee to all of freedom of worship and access to the
Holy Places." (pages 10,11)
  Abba Hillel Silver, :on behalf of the Jewish Agency, appeared
before the Committee on October 2. The summary of his statement,
printed ibid., pages 12-19, set forth the approval of the Agency of the
eleven unanimous recommendations of UNSCOP except for Recom-
mendation VI on Jewish displaced persons, which the Agency did
not disapprove. He also termed Recommendation XII unintelligible.
  Rabbi Silver deemed the minority report unacceptable; nor did the
majority report satisfy the Jewish people because of the limited area
of the proposed Jewish state and the exclusion of Jerusalem from that
state. Nevertheless, the Agency was willing to accept the majority re-
port since it made possible the immediate reestablishment of the Jew-
ish State. This acceptance was made subject to further discussion of
constitutional and territorial provisions (pages 15-17).

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