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Palestine Jewry Protests Wailing Wall Incident by Cessation of Work

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Fifteen thousand men and women in Tel Aviv and 10,000 here participated in the street demonstrations which took place Thursday afternoon to protest against the action of the Jerusalem police, interfering with the Jewish worshippers at the Wailing Wall on Yom Kippur, and to demand that the Wall held in reverence by Jews throughout the world as the only surviving monument of the Temple, be returned to the Jewish people.

In accordance with a resolution adopted at a joint session the preceding day of the Zionist Executive, the National Council of Palestine Jews, the Chief Rabbinate and other bodies, all work was suspended Thursday at 5 P.M. and traffie was halted by Palestine Jews. Public meetings were held in the towns and colonies, where resolutions were passed demanding of the British Government and of the League of Nations to return the Western Wall to the Jewish people. During the demonstrations, many of the marchers shouted “Down with the police.” “Down with the District Commissioner.” The notes of “Hatikvah” rang out as the marchers passed in the street.

On Friday delegations of the various mass meetings called on the local authorities to present the text of the resolutions adopted. An impressive scene was enacted at the Jerusalem mass meeting where the Radziminer Rebbe, Chassidic Rabbi of Poland who is now on a visit here, wept when he ascended the platform to speak on the incident.

Eighteen Arabs were arrested Thursday in the neighborhood of the Jewish colony Nachlat Jacob on charges of assault against two Jewish colonists who were attacked while ploughing. One of the colonists, Shapiro, was gravely injured.

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