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Jewish Agency

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 2 November 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what powers His Majesty's Government possess over members of the Jewish Agency in Palestine; and will he assure the House that he will not hesitate to exercise these powers to the full in defence of the British military courts and British officials responsible for maintaining law and order and the terms of the White Paper in Palestine?

The position of the Jewish Agency is defined in Article 4 of the Mandate for Palestine. Members of the Jewish Agency are subject to the laws of the country in the same way as any other member of the community. There is no question of special powers. As regards the second part of the Question, the hon. and gallant Member may rest assured that His Majesty's Government is fully alive to its responsibilities for the maintenance of law and order in Palestine.