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Increase in Jewish Population Chief Cause of Wailing Wall Dispute, Keith Roach Says

The increase in the Jewish population of Palestine since the British occupation is the chief cause of the dispute between the Moslems and the Jews over the Wailing Wall, it was implied by Keith Roach, district commissioner for the Southern district, and the chief actor in the drama at the Wailing Wall dispute, Yom Kippur, 1928, who as the first government witness testified today before the Wailing Wall Commission.


In the midst of the Yom Kippur prayers at the Wall in 1928 the British police under the command of Inspector Duff attempted to remove the screen put up for the services to separate men and women worshippers. The congregation resisted the police attempt to remove the screen but it was forcibly re-