LONDON (May. 11)
The British garrison in Palestine has been “temporarily reinforced” by troops from Egypt as a precautionary measure against further disorders, the House of Commons was told today by Sir George Penny, treasurer of His Majesty’s house hold.
The question of the Palestine disturbances was raised by Sir Percy Harris, Liberal, who demanded to know whether troops had been sent from Egypt as reported.
Replying for J.H. Thomas, Colonial Secretary, Sir George, stated that minor breaches of the peace had been reported in Palestine since May 6.
The Daily Mail reported from Jerusalem that Arab leaders had received assurances that the bringing of a battalion of Royal Scots Fusilliers from Egypt to reinforce British troops was not intended as a form of pressure on Arabs.
The correspondent of The Times said that Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, High Commissioner for Palestine, declared in an address to Jewish farmers on the Plain of Esdraelon that 300 persons had already been arrested in North Palestine of whom 100 had been tried and 170 were awaiting trial.