Jerusalem (Aug. 5)
In connection with the tense atmosphere created in Palestine by the anti-Jewish agitation conducted in the Arab press, the Chief Secretary to the Palestine Government received to-day Arab and Jewish journalists and warned them all against publishing inciting articles in the future.
The Jewish journalists were received separately after the Chief Secretary had concluded his conference with the Arab journalists. Addressing the Jewish pressmen, the Chief Secretary made it clear to them that he forbade them to make any accusations in the future against the Palestine Government, that it helps the Arabs in their efforts of incitement against the Jews and in their preparations for anti-Jewish attacks. All this is not true, the Chief Secretary stated. He then authorised the Jewish journalists to publish a statement saying that the “Government has the situation well in hand and is now equipped much better than in 1929 for the suppression of disturbances”.
An official communique was also issued this morning by the Palestine Government giving the history of the sealed armouries in the Jewish settlements and declaring that the Palestine Government considers the sealed armouries as the proper measure for security. “The Government will not alter its policy with regard to the sealed armouries,” the statement says. The Government requires the Arab press to discontinue its agitation in this connection, otherwise other measures will be taken against the press, the statement warns.