JERUSALEM (Sep. 13)
Lieut. Gen. John G. Dill, arrived to take command of Palestine military forces, was believed tonight ready to proclaim martial law in parts or the whole of Palestine after consulting with the authorities here.
He has decided not to await further peace gestures by the Arabs, it was understood, after a meeting of the Arab Supreme Committee had shifted responsibility for a decision on ending the general strike to local strike committees.
Faced with the immediate possibility of martial law unless violence is halted, the committee maneuvered for a respite by leaving the strike question to next Thursday’s meeting of local committees with the explanation that since it had not called the strike, it could not call it off.
Meanwhile, the Jewish community’s biggest enterprise since disorders broke out last April 19 was launched today. The cornerstone was laid in Northern Tel Aviv for a workmen’s quarter for 144 families to be constructed at a cost of about $500,000.