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Morrison–Grady Plan (1946)


an anglo-american report calling for the division of palestine into semi-autonomous arab and jewish regions.

At the end of World War II, the British position in Palestine, its mandate, was becoming untenable. With thousands of European Jewish refugees needing to immigrate to Palestine, Britain and the United States dispatched a commission of inquiry to that territory in April 1946. In July, headed by Herbert Morrison, representing Britain's Labour government, and Henry Grady, representing the United States, the commission drew up its report in London.

Called the Morrison-Grady Plan, the report suggested a division of Palestine into semi-autonomous Arab and Jewish regions, while the British high commissioner would remain in control of defense, foreign relations, customs, and immigration. The plan also called for a one-year quota of 100,000 Jewish refugees to enter Palestine, after which time the immigration quotas would be set by the British. Morrison-Grady would have meant an increase of British control over Palestine and was rejected by both the Arabs and the Jews.


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