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British Writer Says Palestine Practically Under Martial Law

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Palestine today is being administered in all but name under martial law, says Owen Tweedy, a visitor to Palestine, writing in the “Daily Telegraph” in an article on “The Palestine Tangle.” Mr. Tweedy says “it is an open secret that both Jews and Arabs are arming themselves surreptitiously for any event. The tension which resulted from the August outrages shows no sign of relaxing. It is a phenomenon that the effervescence should survive as long as six months, which is due to the thorough attention the Inquiry Commission gave the Arab case.”

Mr. Tweedy urges an early settlement and stabilization of the Palestine policy and does not believe in the value of the appointment of a Royal Commission as suggested by Lord Balfour and General Smuts because by the time such a commission issues its report it would be out of date. He believes that commissions tend to be disturbing elements in any country, and in countries already disturbed like Palestine, they can even be provoking Mr. Tweedy feels that the “Palestine house must be set in order. The longer the task is postponed, the more a# duous will be the Spring cleaning.”

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