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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
(1937)

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


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
  I wish you to see the Minister for Foreign Affairs and to inform
him orally and informally in the sense of the above, acquainting him
at the same time with the hope of the above Jewish groups that no
decisions with regard to the Palestine problem will be taken that may
result in working greater hardship upon the Jews who are already
suffering under repressive measures in various countries of Europe and
are finding it necessary as a result of such measures to seek refuge in
other countries.
  You might mention that in the opinion of large sections of the
Jews of this country the Jews -of the world as a whole, by reason of
their experience at the hands of certain European governments, have
come to be the logical supporters of democratic institutions and nat-
urally look to the democratic governments of the world to accord
them fair and equitable treatment.
  You may state to the Foreign Minister in conclusion that your Gov-
ernment presumes he would wish to be acquainted with the above
views. You will at the same time carefully avoid leaving the impres-
sion that your Government is in any way endeavoring to inject itself
into administrative matters relating to the Mandate or questions the
authority or responsibility of Great Britain for the administration
of Palestine.
                                                             HULL
867N.00/451: Telegram
  The Ambassador in Turkey (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State
                                  IsTANBUL, April 30, 1937-noon.
                                            [Received 12: 25 p. m.]
  16. I regret that because of Turkey's special unwillingness to take
a position at odds with the Arab peoples (particularly in view of the
Sanjak question 4), her present policy of close cooperation with Great
Britain, her hard-boiled post-war policy with reference to minori-
ties and her sensitiveness towards the idea of intervention in any
form on behalf of minority groups, I could not in honesty encourage
the hope that the Turkish authorities would receive favorably the
views set forth in the first paragraph of your telegram No. 26, April 27,
6 p. m. I apprehend on the contrary that their presentation would
be more likely to meet with a humiliating rebuff and impairment of
such confidence and good will as our country enjoys in Turkey.
                                                      MACMUiRRAY
  4The status of the Sanjak of Alexandretta, nominally a port of Syria, was
being considered by the Council of the League of Nations as a result of differ-
ences between France and Turkey. See League of Nations, Official Journal,
January, February, May-June, 1937.
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