|Lord Passfield, courtesy of the Weizmann Archives, Yad Chaim Weizmann, Rehovot.|
The Archive also has 6,000 boxes of files from the Mandate administration, including the correspondence of the High Commissioners with the Colonial Office, the files of the Chief Secretary and department files on health, education, immigration, police, the Crown prosecution, land registry and more, serving as a rich source of information on this period.
In addition, the Archives holds photocopies of files from the National Archives in London of material from the British Foreign Office and Colonial Office dealing with Palestine (Record Group 174). We present here two documents: first, comments on a letter by British politicians Lord Hailsham and Sir John Simon, by Sir George Rendel, the head of the Eastern Department in the Foreign Office, defending the White Paper and arguing that most of its provisions were temporary and were not contrary to the provisions of the Mandate. The other is a letter by Lewis Namier, the eminent historian who was then the secretary of the Jewish Agency in London, to the Colonial Office on the resignation of the heads of the Zionist movement and their preparations for discussion of the White Paper by the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations.
After a storm of protest by the Yishuv and Zionists abroad, including supporters in Britain and the US, British Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald entered into negotiations with Chaim Weizmann, the president of the World Zionist movement, and sent him a letter "reinterpreting" and undoing the harshest effects of the White Paper. But the view expressed there that the government had a "dual obligation" laid down by the Mandate towards the Arab and Jewish communities in Palestine continued to influence the policies of Britain.