Jerusalem (Jul. 21)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The continuous prayers offered by pious Jews at the western wall of the Temple. Commonly known as the Wailing Wall, were interrupted for the first time in many centuries as a result of the Palestine earthquake.
The pilgrimage of pious Jews to the Wall was stopped due to the fact that the city authorities declared the houses in the narrow streets leading to the Wall as unsafe.
The effects of the earthquake upon the Arab population in Palestine and Transjordania called forth a deeply religious mood. Emir Abdullah, ruler of Transjordania, decreed a fast of three days. The population was urged by the Emir to devote these these days to prayer and repentance. Any Arabs, subjects of the Emir, who will be found eating during these three fast days will be liable to six months’ imprisonment.
The headquarters of the Palestine Government will be transferred, owing to the damage done to the Government House on Mount Olives, to St. John’s Hospice on Bethlehem Road. Jerusalem, it was announced today.