MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED BY MR. EDWARD N. BEROUTI,
SECRETARY, JAFFA AND DISTRICT INHABITANTS
We base our demand upon four grounds:
2. The humanitarian ground
The Commission has visited the refugee camps and seen for itself the appalling moral and material conditions under which they live.
3. A right arising by agreement.
The agreement of 13th May 1948 between the Commander of Haganah and the Jaffa Emergency Committee. The general tenor of the agreement shows that the Jewish occupation of Jaffa was to be of a temporary nature. We refer in particular to clauses 8 and 12 of instructions attached to agreement.
4. Finally we demand the application of paragraph 11 of the resolution of 11th December 1948.
We do not believe in compensation for what is in fact proposed is to pay compensation for a whole country which is impossible. The Jews own less than 10% of the area of Palestine. The compensation principle is to apply only where a refugee on his own free choice decides not to return.
Here we ask that:
compensation to be paid to the individual and not from state to state as the latter method will cause prejudice to the individual right.
We have also in Beirut and in our memoranda referred to some conservatory or urgent measures which we requested the Commission to take namely:
b) Frozen assets in banks.
These two measures have become most urgent and necessary since as we have heard unofficially the question of the return of the refugees has been linked on the agenda with other political matters, thus causing delay.
May we take the liberty to ask the Commission what steps have been taken in this regard?
I refer to the last paragraph of our memorandum dated the 9th instant and confirm our desire to be heard in connection with any proposed political solution affecting the area we represent.
1. There are about seven thousand registered Palestinian Arab owners of citrus groves.
2. The area owned by the above mentioned owners totals approximately 137.000 dunums.
3. In general, there are about 60 trees par dunum of citrus in Palestinian Arab groves.
4. Apart from irrigation, the ground cultivation, trimming and upkeep of the groves should be done and finished within the coming 100 days.
5. The general return of one labourer for all the necessary cultivation is six dunums per season. We therefore submit that the number of persons whose entry into Palestine is demanded is as follows:
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