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Merchants Set for Rent Strike

Preparations for a general strike of shopkeepers and artisans, called for tomorrow, were made here today at a mass meeting of tenants demanding that the government regulate rentals on stores which threaten to reach prohibition levels.

Speakers at the mass meeting included the president of the Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Shelby. A resolution was adopted upholding the demands for legal regulation of rent. A committee was elected to supervise strike operations.

The only action that can avert the strike is agreement by the High Commissioner of Palestine to the demands of the tenants as outlined in the resolution. A delegation will appear before the High Commissioner today demanding a reply. If the reply is unfavorable, the strike will be declared, beginning tomorrow.