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Protest Against Flogging Sentence in Palestine Proves Effective: High Commissioner Disregards Jewish

The outcry against the action of the Jewish magistrate Zukerman in Haifa, who ordered a Jewish boy of twelve to be flogged because his family had overstayed the period of three months allowed them in their tourist visa, has had a sequel to-day, in the granting of permission to the family by the high Commissioner to remain permanently in the country, disregarding the recommendation made to him by the magistrate that they should be deported.

The family, consisting of Israel Ezra, his wife, Zilba, their daughter and son, came to Palestine from Kurdistan on a tourist visa, and admitted having overstayed the three-month tourist period, explaining, however, that they had applied for permission to remain as permanent residents. The magistrate fined the three older members of the family £1 each and costs, and being unable to fine the twelve-year old boy ordered him to be flogged.

The Jewish press and the Jewish lawyers in Palestine protested against the flogging sentence, and Colonel Kisch, member of the Jewish Agency Executive, interviewed the High Commissioner, Sir John Chancellor, and lodged a vigorous protest with him.