MR. Jabotinsky (Speech).

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 5th February 1930.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the speech delivered by Mr. Jabotinsky, at Tel Aviv, on 23rd December, 1929; and why steps were not taken under the Seditious Offences Ordinance Act with regard to that speech?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

Yes, Sir. I have seen a report of the speech in question. I am not aware whether action on the lines suggested in the second part of the hon. and gallant Member's question was considered by the local authorities. I understand that Mr. Jabotinsky left Palestine two days after the speech was delivered.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that he made an extremely inflammatory speech, that the position in Palestine is very bad, and that this gentleman was sentenced to 15 years in 1920 for a similar offence?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

I quite agree that it would be generally advantageous if both Jews and Arabs would talk more calmly on these matters.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

Is it not a fact that in 1920 Mr. Jabotinsky was liberated from gaol after serving six weeks of his 15 years' sentence, and was deported on the distinct understanding that he was not to return to Palestine?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

I was not aware of the statements that my hon. and gallant Friend has made, but I will certainly take note of them.

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

I will deal with the point of order in good time. Meanwhile, I hope hon. Members in all quarters of the House will assist me in preventing the system of supplementary questions becoming abused.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage , Louth Borough

We on this side consider that the situation in Palestine is a very dangerous one, and that we have a right to put a certain number of questions to the Minister if possible, and we ask for fair protection.

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

If hon. Members have further questions to ask, it would be very much better to put them down separately instead of putting them as supplementaries.