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British Memorandum of September 1922, Dividing the Palestine Mandate

The creation of Transjordan thus dividing Palestine into two - full text.


Article 25 to the Palestine Mandate

Memorandum by the British Representative

Approved by the Council on September 16th 1922


Article 25 of the Mandate for Palestine provides as follows

“In the territories lying between the Jordan and the eastern boundary of Palestine as ultimately determined, the Mandatory shall be entitled with the consent of the Council of the League of Nations, to postpone or withhold application of such provisions of this Mandate as he may consider inapplicable to the existing local conditions, and to make such provision for the administration of the territories as he may consider suitable to those conditions, provided no action shall be taken which is inconsistent with Articles 15, 16 and 18.”

2. in pursuance of the provisions of this Article, His Majesty’s Government invite the Council to pass the following Resolutiion:

“The following provisions of the Mandate for Palestine are not applicable to the territory known as Transjordan, which comprises all territory lying to the east of a line drawn from a point two miles to the west of the town of Akaba on the Gulf of that name up to the centre of the Wady Araba, Dead Sea, and River Jordan to its junction with the River Yarmuk: thence up the centre of that river up to the Syrian frontier.”


Preamble – Recital 2 and 3.

Article 4.

Article 6.

Article 7 – The sentence “there shall be included in this law provisions framed so as to facilitate the acquisition of Palestinian citizenship by Jews who take up their permanent residence in Palestine”.

Article 11 – The second sentence in the first paragraph and the second paragraph.

Article 13.

Article 14.

Article 22.

Article 23.


In the application of the Mandate to Transjordan, the action which is taken by the Administration of the latter country will be taken by the Administration of Transjordan under the general supervision of the Mandatory.

3. His Majesty’s Government accept full responsibility as the Mandatory for Transjordan, and undertake that such provision as may be made for the administration of that territory in accordance with Article 25 of the Mandate shall be in no way inconsistent with those provisions of the Mandate which are not by this Resolution declared inapplicable.


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