Warsaw (Jul. 19)
Government authorities today urged all Zionist parties to declare an armistice for the coming Sunday, when the Zionist Congress elections are slated to be held. Fearing that the bitter party strife, as evidenced in the provinces of Galicia during the last few days, will lead to bloodshed this week-end, the government has announced that vigorous measures will be enforced against a breach of peace.
Considerable excitement in Jewish circles was aroused today when the government suddenly arrested a number of left wing Poale Zionists, including Councillor Isaac Lev and Dr. Gershuni. The police are conducting a search for other alleged trouble-makers. They have already searched the headquarters of the Poale Zionist left wing here, and have closed the Arbeiter Zeitung, the party organ, as well as shutting down the printing shop,
Among the houses searched was the residence of the Poale Zionist leader, Zerubawel, but he could not be located. The Friends of Palestine Labor headquarters was also raided and closed down.
Reasons for the strict police measures are unknown, but Jewish circles here believe the raids were possibly caused by the allegation that the Poale Zionists and Communists have created a united front against the Fascists. Another version is that the police measures are due to a misunderstanding.