Daled Amos just wrote up an article going through some of the data on illegal Arab immigration to Palestine in the years before 1948. I had looked at this in the past, but today I discovered an intriguing new data point, from the Palestine Post, August 19, 1935, quoting the (then Manchester) Guardian of August 10.
The article is a synopsis of the British Treasury report dealing with Palestine. According to the article, Jewish immigration had vastly increased in the early 1930s, but then it adds this:
"The immigration, however, is not restricted to Jews. There has been a steady infiltration into Palestine of Arabs from Syria (the Hauran) and from Trans-Jordan. And it is notable that the illicit immigration of the non-Jews recorded in the report of the Government is more than double that recorded for the Jews."
Can anyone get a hold of this British report?
The idea that there was massive illegal Arab immigration is not a Zionist invention from the 1970s or 1980s. As I mentioned in earlier articles, contemporary Palestinian Jews and Arabs complained about the influx of these aliens who were taking jobs and resources. Here is some testimony from a Jewish Agency representative to the Palestine Royal Commission in 1936: (December 9 1936 Palestine Post):