Jerusalem (May. 23)
No political demonstration in Palestine so overwhelmingly carried out was ever conducted in so dignified, orderly and peaceful a fashion as the just concluded general strike of the Jews in protest against the suspension of immigration. This is the conclusion being drawn here in reports from unbiased observers and the police who in many cases were frankly bored at the uncanny quiet that prevailed.
Dark streets, sepulchral silence in the Old City, and deserted shops justified the characterization of the stoppage by a member of the faculty of the Hebrew University as not merely a cessation of work, but of life itself. Even the restaurants, which had been permitted to stay open during certain hours by a dispensation from the Jewish National Council, declined to avail themselves of this opportunity.
The most heartening feature of the day, according to the Jewish leaders, was the fact that the Agudath Isreal, world Orthodox organization, joined in the strike. With the orthodox Jews participating the Old City took on an eerie quiet with the only traffic that of Jews going to and from synagogue. The impression on the government of Jewish solidarity is reported to be very great.