London (Sep. 2)
A statement issued Monday evening by the Colonial Office on the Palestine situation said:
“The country north of Safed is inclined to be restless, but in the other districts the situation is reported generally quiet. Yesterday, demonstration flights were carried out in strength by the aircraft over the north and northeastern areas of Palestine, where armed bands of Arabs are still reported crossing from Syria.
“Following are the total casualties up to August 31:
“Killed or died of wounds: Moslems 83, Christians 4, Jews 109.
“In hospital: Moslems 122, Christian 10, Jews 183.
Z. O. A. ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE ISSUES STATEMENT
A statement, issued by the Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization of America, declared:
“We are glad to see in the press this morning the statement issued in Palestine by Sir John Chancellor, High Commissioner, in which he expressed sympathy with the victims of the Arab outrages and promised that order would be restored in the country and punishment visited upon those guilty of the acts of violence. We had for a time been disquieted by the silence of Sir John, and even though we still believe that this administration has been guilty of vacillation, indecision and even worse, we look upon his belated statement as the first step toward a just policy which has been so woefully lacking during this critical period.
“But simultaneously with the news of Sir John’s statement there appeared the stories of the attacks made on twelve Jewish settlements in northern Palestine. This and other events that have occurred cause us to feel that the military forces in Palestine are still inadequate. Frantic appeals for help come to us almost hourly. There is imminent danger that the slaughter of innocent people will go on and unspeakable herrors will continue unabated, unless active measures are adopted to prevent such occurrences.
“The Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization of America takes the liberty to make two suggestion. The first is that Jewish self defense corps in Palestine, which have been formed solely to protect Jewish life and property, and without thought of aggression, should not be disarmed, while Arabs continue their attacks. The second and constructive suggestion is that under British officers additional defense units be recruited from among the Jewish population, many of whom we are informed are both fit and eager to volunteer. There are enough able bodied and brave Jews in Palestine to defend Jewish lives and property against attacks. But in this tragic emergency they must be armed and officered and not denied at least an opportunity to die fighting in defense of the lives and honor of their loved ones.”