London (Mar. 31)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Jews in Palestine will not be excluded from the new frontier force, declared Col. Leopold H. Amery, British Colonial Secretary, replying yesterday in the House of Commons to a question submitted by Col. Josiah Wedgwood.
The report that Jews will be excluded altogether from the new frontier force is incorrect. A certain number of Jews who served in the now disbanded gendarmerie have already been selected for enrollment in the new force. However, as a frontier force primarily intended for service in Transjordania, the number of Jews will be small, Col. Amery stated. The Jewish members of the gendarmerie were offered a transfer to the Palestine police force, he added.
Replying to a question submitted by Commander Kenworthy, Lord Stanley on behalf of Col. Amery, stated that the existing Arab legion in Transjordania will soon be disbanded, according to the plan of re-organizing the defense forces in Palestine and Transjordania.
The defense cost of Great Britain in Palestine for 1926 will amount to Â£342,600, according to the estimates for the Middle East, published here yesterday. The cost of organizing and maintaining the defense force in Iraq will be Â£2,455,500, while the cost for the Transjordanian frontier force will be Â£108,000.
Rabbi Judah L. Levin, for thirty years leading Orthodox Rabbi of Detroit, Mich., died at the age of sixty-five.
Rabbi Levin was noted as one of the National Organizers of the Mizrachi and was an influential figure in the Jewish community for the past quarter of a century.