Jerusalem (Dec. 1)
29 Revisionists who pleaded guilty to-day at Haifa to the charge of sabotaging the recent Palestine census have been fined count-two shillings each, with the alternative of going to prison for ten days. Nine of them paid the fines, but the other 20 elected rather to go to prison.
Altogether, about 100 young people all over the country have been fined or imprisoned in connection with the anticensus agitation.
The opposition of the Zionist-Revisionists to the Palestine census, which has manifested itself in active propaganda against the census by Palestine Revisionists, has aroused considerable interest among Jews in all parts of the world, said an official statement issued recently by the Executive Committee of the World Union of Zionist Revisionists. In some cases, the statement said, critics have endeavoured to create the impression that the Revisionists are habitually truculent, that they are psychologically suspicious and that they oppose everything for the sheer joy of battle.
We oppose the Palestine census, the statement went on, because the present census is not called for by ordinary scientific or administrative requirements. There are clear indications that it is intended as a basis for the projected Palestine Legislative Council. Representation on the Council is to be apportioned in accordance with the census results. This will mean the establishment of an Arab Parliament avowedly opposed to the Jewish National Home.
An example of the official ability and tendency to manipulate a census to Jewish disadvantage, the statement added, is shown by the Palestine Government’s report of its Census of Palestine Industries in 1928. On that occasion the Jewish share in the Palestine industries was concealed by the Government. The figures were pooled, and no due reference was made to the overwhelming Jewish share in the industrial development of Palestine. The casual reader might easily have credited the Arabs with what had been done by the Jews.