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Professor Friedlander’s Son Arrested in Palestine for Flying Red Flag on Communist Day Denies Charge

Ben Zion Friedlander, son of the late Professor Israel Friedlander, of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, who was arrested on the charge of trying to hoist a red flag bearing an Arabic inscription near the Tel Aviv High School, on “Communist Day”, (August 1st) was brought up today before the British Magistrate in Tel Aviv. Three detectives gave evidence that they had seen him trying to hoist the flag. Friedlander, however, stoutly denied the charge and his Counsel argued that as it was midnight when the offence is alleged to have occurred, the detectives could not be as certain as they claimed to be that it was Friedlander they had seen trying to hoist the flag.

The usual verdict in such cases, a short term of imprisonment followed by a recommendation for deportation (Friedlander is an American citizen) is expected to be handed down by the Court. Dr. J. L. Magnes, who is Friedlander’s guardian, visited the authorities in connection with his case, immediately he landed from the steamer on his return here from America.