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MacDonald Letter

The MacDonald Letter of 1931, also known as the Black Letter, was a letter from [1] It was considered a withdrawal of the Passfield White Paper, despite the fact that Prime Minister said in parliament on 11 February 1931 that he was "very unwilling to give the letter the same status as the dominating document" i.e. the Passfield White Paper. The letter itself also claimed the importance of justice for "non-Jewish sections of the community".[2]

Arabs renounced the letter as the "Black Letter", primarily upset because Jewish immigration continued with increasing numbers, the purchase of land by Jews continued without restrictions, and the steps taken to protect Arab tenant farmers from being removed from their land was ineffective.[3] By confirming that the policy of the Palestine Mandate was to continue to support Jewish immigration, the letter in effect negated the implications of the White Paper and facilitated increasing immigration during the growth of anti-semitism in Europe in the 1930s.[4]



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  2. ^ Hyamson (1942), p. 146
  3. ^ Hyamson (1942), p.145
  4. ^ Shapira (2014), p. 87.


  • Hymanson, Albert M. (1942) Palestine: A Policy. London: Methuene.
  • Shapira, Anita (2014). Ben-Gurion – Father of Modern Israel. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-18045-9.
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