Group Title: Palestine : statement of policy by His Majesty's government in the United Kingdom
Title: Palestine
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Title: Palestine Statement of policy by His Majesty's government in the United Kingdom. Presented by the secretary of state for the colonies to Parliament by command of His Majesty, July 1937
Series Title: Parliament. Papers by command Cmd. 5513
Physical Description: 3 p. : ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Great Britain -- Colonial Office
Publisher: H.M. Stationery Office
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: 1937
Subject: Politics and government -- Palestine   ( lcsh )
Genre: non-fiction   ( marcgt )
General Note: Issued also in mimeographed form with title: Palestine. Statement of policy issued by His Majesty's government for release morning papers July 8th, 1937.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00023167
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
Holding Location: The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002644031
oclc - 04007946
notis - ANB0919
lccn - 38001130

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by His Majesty's Government

in the United Kingdom

Presented by the Secretary of State for the Colonies to Parliament
by Command of His Majesty
July 1937

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Cmd. 5513



His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, by directions
of His Majesty, have considered the unanimous Report of the
Palestine Royal Commission. They find themselves in general
agreement with the arguments and conclusions of the Commission.
2. As is fully recognized by the Commissioners in their historical
survey, His Majesty's Government and their predecessors, since the
obligations of the Mandate were accepted, have taken the view, which
the tenor of the Mandate itself implies, that their obligations to
Arabs and Jews respectively were not incompatible, on the assumption
that in the process of time the two races would so adjust their national
aspirations as to render possible the establishment of a single
commonwealth under a unitary government.
3. In spite of many discouraging experiences during the past
seventeen years, His Majesty's Government have .based their policy
on this expectation, and have taken every opportunity of encouraging
co-operation between Arabs and Jews. In the light of experience
and of the arguments adduced by the Commission they are driven to
the conclusion that there is an irreconcilable conflict between the
aspirations of Arabs and Jews in Palestine, that these aspirations
cannot be satisfied under the terms of the present Mandate, and that
a scheme of partition on the general lines recommended by the
Commission represents the best and most hopeful solution of the
deadlock. His Majesty's Government propose to advise His Majesty
4. His Majesty's Government therefore propose to take such
steps as are necessary and appropriate, having regard to their existing
treaty obligations under the Covenant of the League of Nations and
other international instruments, to obtain freedom to give effect to
a scheme of partition, to which they earnestly hope that it may be
possible to secure an effective measure of consent on the part of the
communities concerned.
5. Pending the establishment of such a scheme, His Majesty's
Government have no intention of surrendering their responsibility
for peace, order and good government throughout Palestine. They
are in general agreement with the Commission's recommendations
in the matter of public security. If serious disorders should again
break out, of such a nature as to require military intervention, the
High Commissioner will delegate powers in respect of the whole
country, under the Palestine (Defence) Orders-in-Council, to the
General Officer Commanding the military forces.

6. In the immediate future, while the form of a scheme of
partition is being worked out, His Majesty's Government propose that,
as an interim measure, steps should be taken to prohibit any land
transactions which might prejudice such a scheme. Further, since
the period of the current labour schedule expires at the end of July
and some provision must be made for the ensuing period, they propose
that a total Jewish immigration in all categories of 8,000 persons
shall be permitted for the eight months' period August 1937 to March
1938, provided that the economic absorptive capacity of the country
is not exceeded.
7. In supporting a solution of the Palestine problem by means
of partition, His Majesty's Government are much impressed by the
advantages which it offers both to the Arabs and the Jews. The
Arabs would obtain their national independence, and thus be enabled
to co-operate on an equal footing with the Arabs of neighboring
countries in the cause of Arab unity and progress. They would be
finally delivered from all fear of Jewish domination, and from the
anxiety which they have expressed lest their Holy Places should ever
come under Jewish control. The Arab State would receive financial
assistance on a substantial scale both from His Majesty's Government
and from the Jewish State. On the other hand, partition would
secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home and relieve
it from any possibility of its being subjected in the future to Arab
rule. It would convert the Jewish National Home into a Jewish State
with full control over immigration. Its nationals would acquire a
status similar to that enjoyed by the nationals of other countries.
The Jews would at last cease to live a "minority life," and the
primary objective of Zionism would thus be attained. Under the
proposed Treaties the rights of minorities in both States would be
strictly guaranteed. Above all, fear and suspicion replaced
by a sense of confidence and security, and both peoples would obtain,
in the words of the Commission, the inestimable boon of peace."

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