Arabs to Let General Strike Peter out

A meeting of the Arab Supreme Committee, called to consider ending the fifteen-week-old general strike against the Jews and the Government, took no action but left the strike to peter out by itself, it was learned today.

Police circles expected Arab Christians to open their stores tomorrow.

The meeting, attended by Palestine’s most important Arab leaders, devoted its attention mainly to formulating an attitude on the Royal Commission appointed by the British Government to inquire into current disorders.

It was understood that the Arab notables, who previously had firmly opposed an inquiry until Jewish immigration was halted, came to look more favorably on the commission, believing that it might benefit the Arab cause.

To hasten the dispatching of the commission, it was necessary for the Arab leaders to end the strike, since the British Government has repeatedly declared it will not begin the investigation until order is restored. Precipitately halting the strike was out of the question because none of the Arab Nationalist demands have been met, so it was decided to let the strike peter out by itself.

The strike was launched just 106 days ago, almost simultaneously with the outbreak of the current disorders. It was aimed at forcing the Government to halt Jewish immigration, prohibit sale of land to Jews and set up a national government.

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