Jerusalem (Aug. 21)
There is practically no tension in Palestine today, on the eve of the Arab general strike called by the Palestine Arab Executive for Sunday, the anniversary of the anti-Jewish outbreak of August, 1929. The Jewish population has been reassured by the measures taken by the Government, on the same lines as those it adopted last week, which proved effective in preventing trouble occurring in connection with the Arab agitation over the sealed armouries in the isolated Jewish colonies. There is a good deal of disquiet, however, at the tone of the Arab Executive strike proclamation which is held to be as inflammatory as last week’s sealed armouries agitation, to which the Arab Executive gave no official sanction. Some anxiety has been created also by suspicious movements by Arabs in the rural districts, the presence of agitators in the Arab villages, and evacuations from a few mixed quarters. This is added to by the preparations for a big Arab Conference at Nablus on September 20th, to which the Arab organ, “Falastin”, says delegations are being invited from neighbouring Arab countries, for the purpose of inaugurating there a big new anti-Zionist campaign, culminating in a mass demonstration at the Albert Hall in London November 2nd, the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
The Albert Hall meeting, which is being arranged by the National League, is described as an “Anglo-Moslem demonstration”. Lord Brentford, who was Home Secretary in the last Conservative Government, will be in the chair, and the Indian Moslem leader, Shaukat Ali, will be one of the speakers. A message from the Grand Mufti will be read out to the meeting.