Jerusalem (Feb. 15)
Sir Arthur Wauchope, High Commissioner for Palestine, agreed this afternoon to release on bail the more than one hundred Jewish prisoners who declared a hunger strike in the Acre jail, where they were being held for illegally entering Palestine.
The hunger strike will terminate today, after having lasted four days, during which time the strikers did not touch food or water.
$500 BAIL FOR EACH
Five hundred dollars bail for each prisoner will have to be put up by two bondsmen, according to the ruling of the High Commissioner, which was officially announced by Secretary Hall, chief secretary of the Palestine government.
The prisoners, while under bail, will have to appear before the police whenever required to do so in the next two months.
A delegation of the Vaad Leumi, the Jewish National Council of Palestine, left this afternoon for Acre to advise the hunger strikers of the decision of the High Commissioner. The delegation will urge the prisoners to terminate their strike pending the arrangements for their release on bail.
While unaware of the decision of the High Commissioner to release them under bail, the strikers still continued this morning their hunger strike, despite the fact that many of them have been greatly weakened by their four days of self-imposed fasting.
The prisoners have thrown out through the windows of their cells all food served them by the prison authorities.
Five of the hunger strikers were reported this morning to be seriously ill. The Palestine government has been flooded during the last few days by appeals from many quarters, urging the release of the strikers on bail.
Most of the prisoners have long ###shed serving their sentences for illegal entry into the country. The government continued to keep them in jail, however, in order to force them to disclose the countries of their origin, so that they could be deported.
The prisoners stubbornly refus-