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Palestine Quiet; Unaffected by Arab Strike, Many Arab Shops Remain Open

Despite the Arab strike which took place today, the first anniversary of the riots, the day passed quietly throughout Palestine.

In the early part of the day most Arab shops remained closed but in the afternoon the shops opened in Haifa and Jaffa.

“Jamea Al Arabia,” Arab paper, has been confiscated because it published the strike proclamation.

Approval of the concluding suggestion made by the Jewish Agency to the International Wailing Wall Commission that the Wailing Wall approaches be kept in a decent condition and that the site cease to be a thoroughfare is voiced by the former Civic Adviser to Jerusalem, C. R. Ashbee, in a letter published in the English edition of the Arab paper “Falastin.” Mr. Ashbee, who is now in London, states in his letter to “Falastin” that ten years ago he made the sugestion that a garden be planted in the open space near the Wall.

Suggesting that the Arabs themselves should take this opportunity to make a garden from the whole area about the Wall, Mr. Ashbee states that this proposed garden should be controlled by the Moslems in the public interest.

“Falastin” rejects this proposal in an editorial in the same issue.

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