HC Deb 17 June 1920 vol 130 cc1430-1
21. Brigadier-General SURTEES

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the appointment of a High Commissioner for Palestine belonging to the Jewish faith and the fact that he is about to enter upon his duties, he will state what action has been taken to placate the Arab population, which is greater than the Jewish, and thereby put an end to the racial tension which was evidenced in the riots in Jerusalem some time ago?


If an assurance is needed that Sir Herbert Samuel will carry out his duties with the strict impartiality which is a characteristic of British administration throughout the world, it will be found in the statement recently made by him and published in the Press. This statement has been telegraphed to Jerusalem, where it has been given wide publicity, and no further action in the direction suggested by the hon. and gallant Member appears to be required.