LONDON (May. 18)
An editorial in the Daily Telegraph today warns the British Government that to yield at the present time to Arab agitation and violence would be doing an ill turn to both Arabs and Jews, since it would crystallize lawlessness as a permanent substitute for civil government.
An editorial in similar vein in the Morning Post declares that the British mandatory over Palestine is irrevocable, but that even if it could be revoked the Government ought not act under the type of pressure being brought by the Arabs.
Reporting on the latest sanguinary outbreaks, the Telegraph’s special correspondent in Jerusalem states he has never known conditions as bad as they are in Palestine today, although he has witnessed all the disorders there since 1918.
The correspondent cites as evidence of the seriousness of the situation the fact that special prayers are being recited in Palestine’s Anglican churches.
The Arab leaders who stimulated the wave of disorders, the correspondent reports, have lost control of the situation.
Referring to Colonial Secretary J.H. Thomas’s recent assurances in the House of Commons that the Government would not be intimidated by violence, the writer points out that “something more than words are now required to deal with the situation.”