JERUSALEM (Sep. 8)
Arab leaders here, who had expected that their 21-week-old general strike would force Great Britain to accede to their demands, were deeply disappointed by the British government’s determination to clamp martial law on Palestine.
Although Jewish circles were favorably impressed, they regarded the Colonial Office statement of policy as three months late. Had it come sooner, it was felt, much needless bloodshed and property damage might have been avoided.
In a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency welcoming the declaration, Moshe Shertok, member of the Jerusalem executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, said it was a great relief for the Jewish people in the present emergency, albeit he pointed out that Jewish immigration and other future problems were not emphasized.