Tel Aviv (May. 20)
A general strike of the entire Jewish population of Palestine has been proclaimed for Thursday starting at noon and to continue until nightfall by the Vaad Leumi, the Jewish National Council, at a meeting here today. The strike will be a protest against the government’s order suspending the immigration schedule pending the inquiry into land and immigration problems by Sir John Simpson.
COMPLETE STOPPAGE PLANNED
The strike plans include the closing of all places of amusement, a complete stoppage of all work in shops, stores, factories, while the offices of the Zionist Executive, the Jewish National Fund, the Hadassah and other Jewish organizations will be closed. There is also a possibility that none of the Hebrew or Jewish papers published in other languages will be issued Thursday.
The strike committee includes M. Dizengoff, mayor of Tel Aviv, the only all-Jewish city in the world, and Eliezer Kaplan.
FIRST STRIKE OF KIND
The decision of the Vaad Leumi to call the entire Jewish population out on a general strike of protest is the first time that this weapon has been utilized by the Jewish leaders in Palestine. The Vaad Leumi’s decision to call a general strike was taken after a long and heated debate in an atmosphere of great tension in which the speakers pointed to the grave consequences that would result from the suspension of the immigration schedule dicative of the spirit prevailing among the Zionist colonists.
EGYPTIAN LABOR ENTERS FREELY
The Hebrew daily “Ha’ Aretz” reveals today that the Palestine immigration department while suspending Jewish immigration is permitting Egyptian labor to enter Palestine freely. Bitterly criticizing the government, the “Ha’ Aretz” declares that it is now no longer inconceivable that the constitutional reforms contemplated by the government will be adverse to Jewish interests. “Don’t let the Colonial Office speculate,” the paper says, “on the moderates among the Zionists. Constitutional changes will be possible only if Zionism is liquidated.”
Huge meetings are planned for tonight in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.