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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Palestine,   pp. 881-922 PDF (15.0 MB)

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noon permitted large public demonstration, committee of which has
telegraphed Legation requesting support of the United States Govern-
ment. Official and popular resentment against Emir Abdula
[Abdullah] reported increasing.
867N.01/800: Telegram
     The Secretary of State to the Conssul at Geneva (Gilbert)
                                WASHINGTON, July 21,1937-8 p. m.
  120. Your 244, July 20, noon.22 In as much as the Palestine question
is presumably one for consideration at this stage only by the Man-
dates Commission and the Council, the Department would be inter-
ested in learning in what manner it is likely to come before the
  Is the Department correct in assuming that the protests received
by the Secretary General are accorded no official recognition since
they are not submitted within the League rules regarding petitions
concerning mandated territories?
867N.01/808: Telegram
The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary
                            of State
                                    LONDON, July 22, 1937-noon.
                                  [Received July 22-11: 40 a. m.]
  498. Department's 283, July 7, 2 p. m., and Embassy's 493, July 21,
2 p. M.23 In the House of Commons yesterday the Colonial Secretary
moved approval of the policy of the Government relating to Pales-
tine. He said the Government was convinced by the arguments of
the report and reminded the House that the debate concerned a prob-
lem affecting the whole of Jewry and the Moslem world and therefore
future relations between East and West. After reviewing the history
of the problem, he said that the correct facts were that the pledge to
the Jews was a promise not of Palestine but of a home in Palestine,
and the pledge to the Arabs was not a promise of Palestine but a
general promise to promote their independence. It was indisputable
that the continuance of the mandate would make the soreness worse.
The chief obstacles were in the mandate itself which forbade joint
education of Jews and Arabs. The essence of the problem was the
22 Not printed.
"Neither printed.

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