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Jewish Agency Raid by British Fascists Foiled by Bobbies

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An attempted raid on the London headquarters of the Jewish Agency for Palestine early this morning by a large gang of British Fascists was foiled by prompt action of the London police who learned of the plans for the raid in advance.

The offices of the Jewish Agency and the Zionist Organization at 77 Great Russell Street yesterday were informed by detectives that a raid on the offices by a Fascist group was pending, and detailed instructions were given the caretaker of the offices on the measures to be taken in case of trouble.

At three o’clock this morning, two large trucks, packed with shouting Fascists, drove up in front of the Zionist offices, unaware of the fact that a force of thirty to forty policemen were guarding the building. As soon as the leaders saw the police, they shouted instructions to the drivers of the trucks who immediately drove off at full speed with police in close pursuit. The Fascists, according to the police, had planned to smash the windows in the offices. The police expressed confidence that the attempt would not be repeated.

Clashes between Jews and members of some of the Fascist groups here have been reported several times in the last few months. Most of the British Fascist groups, with the exception of the one headed by Sir Oswald Mosley, have anti-Semitism as one of their basic planks.

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