Jerusalem (Sep. 4)
Yielding to the threats of the Moslem Arab agitators, who resented the High Commissioner’s first proclamation in which he branded the Moslem atrocities on the defenseless Jewish population and promised stern justice for the offenders. Sir John Chancellor today issued a second proclamation in which he declares that his first statement was “misunderstood.”
“The guilty of both parties and not of one party only will be punished,” he says was the meaning of his first proclamation. This statement which is an obvious move in deference to the Moslem Arab leaders’ demands was contained in the proclamation issued by the High Commissioner reproducing the statement issued yesterday by the London Colonial Office concerning the appointment of a Commission of Enquiry to investigate the Palestine outbreaks under the chairmanship of Sir Walter Shaw, former Chief Justice of the Straits Settlements.
The Jewish community of Jerusalem, through the Kehillab, issued a statement today declaring that the Holy City became the scene of bloodshed three times during the British rule. The fault has been entirely with the government officials who know of the hooligans’ preparations, the statement declares, adding that the Kehillah demands first that security be restored; second, that the ringleaders of the riots be punished; third, that the payment of damages be imposed on the villages which participated in the looting; fourth, that the officials, responsible for the situation be dismissed; fifth, that the composition of the police he changed, in order to restore confidence in it.
Three Jewish members of the Haifa police were dismissed from the force today for refusing to go on duty in (Continued on Page 2)
Arab leaders of Haifa and Jaffa despatched cables of protest against Sit John Chancellor’s first proclamation to the League of Nations. Pope Piux XI and to Prime Minister MacDonald. They demand, they declared, an impartial commission of inquiry.