Jewish Agency Bars Grossman As Royal Commission Witness

The British Royal Commission, announcing in a communique that its hearing will shortly be concluded, invited individuals and organization to present evidence. The invitation was interpreted as a last warning to the Arabs, who have boycotted the investigation.

It was reported that the commission has booked passage from Port Said to England for Jan. 24.

Falastin, Christian Arabic daily, said that rulers of neighboring Arab countries had intimated to Palestine’s Arab Supreme Committee that the failure of the Arabs to appear before the commission would embarrass the kings later in diplomatic exchanges with the British Government. They expressed hope that the Arab boycott of the inquiry would soon end, the paper said.

The Jewish Agency for Palestine prohibited Meer Grossman, head of the Jewish State Party, from testifying before the Royal Commission, warning that his party would be excluded from the Zionist Organization if it did not observe the organization’s discipline.

It was understood that Jacob Meir, chief rabbi of the Sephardic Jews; Moshe Avigdor Amiel, chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, and Rabbi Ben-Zion Uziel, might not testify before the commission because the Jewish Agency did not wish them to appear.

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