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Jewish Members of Jerusalem Municipal Council Resign

The Jewish members of the Jerusalem municipal council resigned today, with a declaration that in the three years since their election they had striven to improve municipal affairs and to protect infringed Jewish interests to no avail, owing to the opposition of the Arab majority.

The Jewish councilmen also pointed out that the government, by its attitude, had encouraged the majority’s action, and especially unjust, they claim, was the government’s latest act in refusing to appoint Chaim Solomon, the Jewish vice-mayor of the city, acting mayor in the absence of Mayor Nashashibi. They pointed out that the government acceded to the appointment of the Arab vice-mayor when the Jewish population of the city is a majority and that it refused the Jewish suggestion that both vice-mayors take over the administration of the municipality. With no further hope of improving the situation, they declared that they resigned with the consent of the Jewish community of Jerusalem.