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Mandate for Palestine - League of Nations (12 August 1922)

Mandate for Palestine - League of Nations (12 August 1922)

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League of Nations12 August 1922
C. 529. M. 314.
1922. VI.Communiqué au Conseil et aux Membres de la SociéGenève, le 12 août 1922.SOCIÉTÉ DES NATIONS
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The Council of the League of Nations:Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have agreed, for the purposeof giving effect to the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenantof the League of Nations, to entrust to a Mandatory selected bythe said Powers the administration of the territory of Palestine,which formerly belonged to the Turkish Empire, within suchboundaries as may be fixed by them; andWhereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that theMandatory should be responsible for putting into effect thedeclaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by theGovernment of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the saidPowers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a nationalhome for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood thatnothing should be done which might prejudice the civil andreligious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine,or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any othercountry; andWhereas recognition has thereby been given to the historicalconnection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the groundsfor reconstituting their national home in that country; andWhereas the Principal Allied Powers have selected His BritannicMajesty as the Mandatory for Palestine; andWhereas the mandate in respect of Palestine has been formulatedin the following terms and submitted to the Council of the Leaguefor approval; andWhereas His Britannic Majesty has accepted the mandate in respectof Palestine and undertaken to exercise it on behalf of theLeague of Nations in conformity with the following provisions;andWhereas by the aforementioned Article 22 (paragraph 8), it isprovided that the degree of authority, control or administrationto be exercised by the Mandatory, not having been previouslyagreed upon by the Members of the League, shall be explicitlydefined by the Council of the League of Nations;Confirming the said mandate, defines its terms as follows:
Article 1
The Mandatory shall have full powers of legislation and ofadministration, save as they may be limited by the terms of thismandate.
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Article 2
The Mandatory shall be responsible for placing the country undersuch political, administrative and economic conditions as willsecure the establishment of the Jewish national home, as laiddown in the preamble, and the development of self-governinginstitutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religiousrights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of raceand religion.
Article 3
The Mandatory shall, so far as circumstances permit, encouragelocal autonomy.
Article 4
An appropriate Jewish agency shall be recognised as a public bodyfor the purpose of advising and co-operating with theAdministration of Palestine in such economic, social and othermatters as may affect the establishment of the Jewish nationalhome and the interests of the Jewish population in Palestine,and, subject always to the control of the Administration, toassist and take part in the development of the country.The Zionist Organisation, so long as its organisation andconstitution are in the opinion of the Mandatory appropriate,shall be recognised as such agency. It shall take steps inconsultation with His Britannic Majesty's Government to securethe co-operation of all Jews who are willing to assist in theestablishment of the Jewish national home.
Article 5
The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestineterritory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed underthe control of, the Government of any foreign Power.
Article 6 
The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rightsand position of other sections of the population are notprejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitableconditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewishagency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on theland, including State lands and waste lands not required forpublic purposes.
Article 7 
The Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting

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