Jerusalem (May. 21)
The government of Palestine will be compelled to decrease Jewish immigration into the country if Jewish groups continue to picket Jewish enterprises employing Arab labor, Magistrate Ralph B. Bodilly declared here in sentencing a group of laborite leaders for violating the new anti-picketing law.
Eleven labor leaders were sentenced to terms of two months at hard labor without the right to appeal. Permission to spend the feast of Shabouth at home under bail was refused the men.
The action of the magistrate makes it clear that the government is prepared to go to extreme lengths to carry out the anti-picketing law, which was promulgated last week and which aroused the opposition of all the Jews in Palestine.
All factions and parties are united in opposition to the policy of some Jewish employers, who employ cheap Arab labor. At Kfar Saba three picketers were sentenced to three months in jail and are now serving their sentences in the Jerusalem jail. The men refused to sign good behavior agreements or to put up the bonds demanded by authorities. They declared they preferred to go to jail. At the same time Jewish groups announced they would continue picketing enterprises employing Arab labor.