Jerusalem (Aug. 23)
The general strike called by the Palestine Arab Executive today in commemoration of the anniversary of the 1929 outbreak, was more or less complete throughout the country, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here was informed at mid-day by the police authorities.
The closing of the Christian shop on account of it being Sunday made the stoppage more complete. The Jewish shops are open, as are also some Arab provision shops. Some Jewish families evacuated their homes in the mixed quarters today as a precautionary measure. Arab building workers engaged on private structural works are at work, but the labourers engaged on municipal road building are on strike.
About 40 members of the Palestine Arab Executive, and a number of their followers, tried to carry out their programme of holding a procession to the Government offices, although it had been prohibited by the Government, but after a long altercation between Major Wainwright, of the police force, and Mr. Jamal Husseini, the Secretary of the Palestine Arab Executive, an arrangement was reached, and ten members of the Executive were allowed to enter the Government building, which was strongly patrolled, and to hand in their memorandum of protest. Being Sunday, no responsible Government officers were on duty, except Mr. Cust, the High Commissioner’s private secretary, with whom the deputation left the memorandum. It was intended to leave copies of the memorandum also with the foreign consulates in Jerusalem, but they were all closed, including the Turkish Consulate.
Everything will be quiet now that the Palestine Arab Executive has made its gesture, is the opinion expressed by a high police authority to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency this afternoon.