HC Deb 24 November 1937 vol 329 cc1207-8
43 Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action it is proposed to take with reference to the appointment of a mayor of Jerusalem to take the place of Dr. Khalidi, recently deported, whether by appointing the deputy-mayor to act as mayor, or an Englishman with experience of local government in this country, or whether it is proposed to hold a new election?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The Acting High Commissioner has this matter under consideration, but I am not yet in a position to say what action it may be decided to take. In the meantime, in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Ordinance, the deputy-mayor is performing the duties of mayor.

Mr. Mander

In making any appointment will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the Jews constitute two thirds of the population of Jerusalem and have had a majority for 80 years?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I understand that the deputy-mayor who is now acting as mayor is a Jew.

Mr. Benjamin Smith

Will the right hon. Gentleman also take notice that in Palestine as a whole the Arabs are two-thirds of the population as against the Jews?