Jerusalem (Aug. 5)
Arab incitement in Palestine is becoming violent, like the agitation which led to the anti-Jewish pogroms in 1929.
A Jewish delegation consisting of Colonel Kisch, Mr. Ben Zvi, Mr. Almalah, Mr. Smilansky, and Mr. Golumb, appeared to-day before Sir John Chancellor, the High Commissioner of Palestine and warned him regarding the apprehensions of the Jewish population in connection with the Arab agitation. In an interview which lasted for 90 minutes, the delegation discussed with the High Commissioner the question of general security in Palestine, and also touched upon the impending cab-drivers’ strike.
In reply to the arguments presented by the delegation, the High Commissioner stated that the Palestine Government will deal with the anti-Jewish incitement carried on by the Arab press, and the military and police forces will deal adequately with any attempt which may be made in Palestine to create a disturbance of the peace in the country.
In connection with the proclaimed general strike of cab-drivers, a communique was issued by the Government to-day saying that picketing will be prohibited. The Government will protect those who will pursue their normal occupations, the communique says, adding that the Government trusts that the motor-car owners and drivers will not persist in their decision to come out on strike to-morrow.
PALESTINE GOVERNMENT WARNS AGAINST STRIKE OF CAB-DRIVERS: SAYS IT MAY LEAD TO DISTURBANCES.
This strike, the communique says, can achieve no useful purpose and is bound to cause economic loss. It will also incur the risk of leading to disturbances of the peace.
There is no prospect of the Government granting further remission of taxation to the cab-owners as a result of the strike, it is felt here. Efforts are therefore being made by the Palestine Chamber of Commerce to influence the Union to call off the strike. Negotiations were carried on during the whole of the day between representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and the leaders of the Union with a view to avoiding the strike decision from being carried into effect.
Fear is expressed that if the strike is not called off, it may lead to serious consequences, the Arabs utilising the complete stoppage of vehicular traffic in order to carry out their threats of creating trouble in connection with their protests against the alleged arming of the Jewish Colonies by the Government.