Jerusalem (Oct. 1)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The worshippers at the Western Wall of the Temple, known as the Wailing Wall, on Sunday, the second day of Succoth, were molested and interfered with, while praying, by stones and sticks thrown at them by Arabs. Two Arabs were arrested by the police.
A meeting held at the Mosque of Omar on Saturday, leading Moslems of Jerusalem decided to despatch a cable to the British. government and the League of Nations, setting forth the objections to granting the Jews full right of access to the Wall. Such rights would endanger the Moslem ownership of the Mosque of Omar, they assert.
Due to a new protest, of the Moslem Mufti the Palestine government ordered the removal from the Wailing Wall, of the Aton Ha’kodesh, the Ark containing the Holy Scrolls, which was placed there for the High Holidays. Prior to the issuance of this order, Government officials conferred with Gol.Frederick H. Kiseh, political representative of the Zionist Executive, who agreed to this measure.
The Arab press continues to discuss the Waiting Wail incident. It discloses that several years ago Sir Ronald Storrs, then Governor of Jerusalem, offered to the Moslems to give up the land they hold around the Wailing Wall, in exchange for other land, which the Jews would furnish. The Moslems then refused, threatening disturbances if an attempt would be made by the Jews to secure further rights of access to the Wall.
The expropriation of the land surounding the Wall, so as to make free access possible, was demanded in a cable despatched by the Palestine Labor Federation to the British Labor Party. The cable also demanded that the Labor Party insist on the punishment of all those responsible for the incident at the Wailing Wall on Yom Kippur.