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Malcolm MacDonald, MA Biography

Title:
British Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Unauthorized statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine. Phrases have been used such as that Palestine is to become ‘as Jewish as England is English.’ His Majesty’s Government regard any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view. Nor have they at any time contemplated, as appears to be feared by the Arab delegation, the disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language, or culture in Palestine. They would draw attention to the fact that the terms of the Declaration referred to do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded ‘in Palestine.’ In this connection it has been observed with satisfaction that at a meeting of the Zionist Congress, the supreme governing body of the Zionist Organization, held at Carlsbad in September, 1921, a resolution was passed expressing as the official statement of Zionist aims ‘the determination of the Jewish people to live with the Arab people on terms of unity and mutual respect, and together with them to make the common home into a flourishing community, the upbuilding of which may assure to each of its peoples an undisturbed national development’.”

“British White Paper of June 1922,” June 1922

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Received Order of Merit, 1964
  • British Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, 1935–1939
  • Chancellor of the University of Durham, 1971–1980
  • Special Representative of the British Government in Africa, 1967-1969
  • Governor-General of Kenya, 1963–1964
  • High Commissioner of India, 1955-1960
  • Commissioner-General for South-East Asia, 1948
  • Governor-General of the Malayan Union of Singapore, 1946
  • High Commissioner of Canada, 1941
  • Minister of Health, 1940–1941
  • Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1938–1940
  • Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1935-1937
  • Under-Secretary in the Dominions Office, 1931
  • London County Council, 1927-1930
Education:
  • MA, Queens’ College, Cambridge, 1924
  • BA, Queens’ College, Cambridge, 1923
  • Secondary education, Bedales School, Hampshire, England
Other:
  • Born: 1901
  • Died: 1981
Quoted in:
  1. Should a Jewish Homeland Have Been Created Somewhere Other Than the Middle East?