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Palestine

Volume 163: debated on Monday 7 May 1923

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Elections (Prosecution)

14.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has any information as to whether Haj Tewfik Hammad, Vice-President of the first Palestine Arab Congress and formerly representative of Palestine for many years in the Turkish Parliament, has been indicted, with six other notables of Nablus, on the ground that he has encouraged certain voters not to participate in the election, and whether he has satisfied himself that there is any justification for the accusation?

I understand that a prosecution has been instituted in connection with the proceedings of certain persons in the Samara district at the time of the elections. I am asking for further details.

Is it an indictable offence in Palestine to do what is an ordinary incident of elections in this country?

I understand that the prosecution—I have not the details—is a prosecution for intimidation.

16.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received complaints from the Arab community in Palestine that in the recent abortive elections such secondary nominations as were made were obtained in many cases by fraud and threats, and even forgery; and whether he will hold an inquiry into the methods in which the elections have been conducted?

Mukhtar Of Lubban Rantis (Imprisonment)

15.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has obtained any information as to the Mukhtar of Lubban Rantis in the Ramleh sub-district of Palestine, having been imprisoned without trial, indictment, or any legal proceedings; whether he is aware that at the end of 11 days' imprisonment, during which he was unable to obtain any information as to the cause of his imprisonment, he was ordered to leave the prison and, on his return to his village, found that he had been dismissed from his office, against the wishes of the village inhabitants; and whether he can inform the House as to the reason for these proceedings?

No, Sir; I have no information on this subject, but I will inquire.

China (Boxer Indemnity)

26.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, seeing that it is understood that on the Committee which is to decide the methods of using the remitted Boxer Indemnity there will at least be one representative of Chinese interests, he will ensure that this arrangement is carried out to guarantee that those claims which are ultimately proposed will be for the benefit of both nations and approved by both nations?

It is not possible at the present stage to give any undertaking as to what arrangements will eventually be made to give effect to the intention of His Majesty's Government to devote the British share of the Boxer Indemnity to purposes of mutual benefit to British and Chinese interests.

Have we any representatives on the Committee or body dealing with this matter?

Germany And Russia

28.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any official information with regard to a rapprochement between Germany and the Russian Government which is especially directed against Poland?