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Palestine Jewish Motor-cyclists Arrested in Poland Because Visas Expired

The Jewish motor cyclists belonging to the Palestine Labour sports organisation, Hapoel, who are now on a European tour to foster interest in the Olympiad which is to be held at Tel Aviv next summer (they were in England recently), have been arrested by the Polish authorities on the Polish-Latvian frontier, says a report in the Yiddish daily “Moment” here.

They have been arrested because their Polish visas expired two days ago, and the authorities contend that they therefore had no right to be on Polish territory. The motor cyclists explained that they were delayed by repairs to their motor cycles, which had taken longer than they had expected. This defence did not avail them, however, and they were fined 100 zlotys each. Being unable to pay the fine, they have been sent to prison.