HC Deb 06 November 1929 vol 231 cc1019-20
60. Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether he can give the total numbers of casualties in the riots in Palestine; how many Jews and Arabs have been brought to trial; and how many, respectively, have been condemned to death?


As the answer is long and contains a number of figures, I will, with the hon. 'and gallant Member's permission, publish it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Will the hon. Gentleman look into the sentences, seeing that the Arabs are often given 12 times more for a similar offence than the Jews get?

Following is the answer:

The total casualties reported up to 31st August were:

Killed or died or wounds:
Moslems 83
Christians 4
Jews 109
Wounded in hospital:
Moslems 122
Christians 10
Jews 183

Many persons also received treatment as out-patients, but there is no full record of the number. I have no figures in respect of-the period subsequent to the 31st August, but I believe that there have been very few casualties since that date.

The figures asked for in the second part of the question are as follow:

Arabs. Jews.
Cases dealt with summarily 668 66
Sentenced by District Courts 98 10
Sentenced by Courts of Criminal Assize 26 Nil
Total 792 76

The above figures cover the period up to 27th October. They do not include persons committed for trial by the District Courts or the Courts of Criminal Assize.

As regards the third part of the question, up to 20th October death sentences had been pronounced on five persons, all of whom are Arabs. These sentences are now under appeal, as provided by Palestinian law.

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