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High Commissioner to Be First Witness Before Royal Commission

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High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope will be the first to testify when the British Royal Commission arrives here on Nov. 11 to inquire into recent disorders and the Arab and Jewish grievances, it was learned tonight.

He will give evidence about the disturbances which took more than 300 lives and resulted in $15,000,000 property damage in six months, but will make no proposals, it was reported.

Jewish organizations will be represented separately before the six man commission headed by Lord Peel, but they will follow a united line.

The Greek, Armenian and English patriarchs will appear before the investigating body to complain of alleged profanation of holy sites in Palestine, it was also learned.

An Arab detective and a Jewish policeman were wounded today at the port of Jaffa in a renewal of the disorders which had abated with the end of the recent Arab general strike.

The detective was stabbed and seriously injured by stevedores while searching for arms at the port. The Jewish policeman rushing to his assistance was also wounded and disarmed. Police restored order, arresting several stevedores.

For the first time since the end of the six-month Arab strike on Oct. 12, outlying sections of the all-Jewish city of Tel Aviv were fired on. No casualties were reported. Four Arab watchmen were arrested.

The detective was the second Arab police officer to be attacked in two days. A police inspector, Mahmud Habbah, was killed and the driver of an automobile parked nearby was wounded in Jenin yesterday by shots fired by a person identified as an Arab.

Meanwhile, the Arab strike committees protested against the continued internment of Arab agitators at the Government concentration camp at Sarafend. They decided to stage a protest tomorrow, the nineteenth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which pledges Great Britain to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

The Havas News Agency said the Arabs are envisaging a three-hour general strike on Monday.

Davar, Laborite Hebrew daily, reported from Arab sources that the Government was planning to triple the railway freight rates to force shippers to use the Jaffa port. Jewish importers and exporters have been boycotting Jaffa, scene of the outbreak of the recent disorders. The freight rate increase would impose additional burdens on shippers in the Jaffa area wishing to export their goods by the northern port of Haifa.

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