HC Deb 02 May 1947 vol 436 c287W
Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that whereas the Iraqi Consulate in Jerusalem is authorised to grant transit non-stop visas to Palestine nationals holding air tickets for a destination beyond Iraq, the same instructions provide that Palestine Jews of any kind are to be excepted and are not to be granted an Iraqi visa of any kind or to be carried by aircraft crossing Iraq under any circumstances; and what steps he proposes to take to prevent such discrimination against nationals of, and residents in, a British mandated territory.

Mr. Creech Jones

I understand that the Iraq Consul in Jerusalem has instructions that no visas or transit visas for Iraq are to be granted to Jews holding Palestinian citizenship. Transit visas may, however, be granted to Jews resident in Palestine, who are not Palestinian citizens, provided that they have visas for destinations beyond Iraq. I have brought this matter to the notice of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.