15 NOVEMBER 1935, Page 18

[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Mr. Chapman suggested in

his letter published in your columns last week that Palestine is a country divided by eternal discords between Arab and Hebrew and mentions that his facts were ascertained " from the best authority."

That the contrary is the ease I can prove from my own observations during a six months' visit spent among the people of Palestine. It is true that the political agitators attempt to gather support by inflammatory speeches and articles and that they were successful on a few occasions in the last fifteen years in causing trouble. But today Arab and Hebrew mingle, peacefully together in the towns and countryside and good, humour is apparent on both sides. Business flourishes to mutual benefit and social bonds are being created and strength-, ened.

The Government of the country has an unusual task but are administering with patience and understanding. They are, in turn, abused and congratulated by both sides, which is the greatest tribute that could be paid to them.

From the British Colonial standpoint Palestine is a great experiment and its success depends entirely upon the, ability by which animosities can be dulled and the natural forces. tending to harmony encouraged.—Yours faithfully,