Arabs, Jews Both Split on Partition As Commission Report Nears

ARAB RANKS SPLIT WIDE OPEN TODAY OVER ACCEPTANCE OF THE BRITISH PLAN TO PARTITION PALESTINE WHILE TROOPS AND POLICE STOOD BY TO AVERT POSSIBLE DISORDERS-WHEN THE ROYAL COMMISSION’S REPORT IS ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY.

(WARSAW REPORTS INDICATED THAT THE JEWS WERE ALSO DISAGREED ON ACCEPTANCE OF PARTITION. THE ZIONIST ORGAN, HAINT, URGED ACCEPTANCE, WHILE DOS NATE WORT, LABOR ZIONIST PAPER, AND MOMENT DEMANDED REJECTION OF THE PLAN.)

THE ARAB UNITED FRONT WELDED TOGETHER DURING LAST YEAR’S DISORDERS CRUMBLED WHEN THE BLOODED BY RAGHEB BEY NASHASHIBT, WHICH SUPPORTS THE PARTITION PLAN, DECIDED IN A RESOLUTION TO QUIT THE ARAB SUPREME COMMITTEE, HEADED BY THE MUFTI OF JERUSALEM, HAJ AMIN EL HUSSEINI, AND THE ISTAQLAL PARTY PREPARED TO TAKE THE SAME ACTION.

THE MUFTI, FROM IS TEMPORARY HEADQUARTERS IN SYRIA, CONTINUED INTENSIVE PROPAGANDA FOR OPEN REVOLT AGAINST THE SCHEME TO SET UP ARAB AND JEWISH STATES IN PALESTINE, BELIEVED TO BE THE MAIN RECOMMENDATION OF THE ROYAL COMMISSION. THE MUFTI WAS REPORTED TO HAVE OBTAINED THE AID OF TWO FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AGAINST GREAT BRITAIN ON THIS ISSUE.

THE PALESTINE GOVERNMENT HAS INSTRUCTED FRONTIER AUTHORITIES TO ARREST THE MUFTI, THE HEBREW DAILY, HABOKER, REPORTED, IF HE RETURNED TO PALESTINE BEFORE THE ROYAL COMMISSION REPORT IS PUBLISHED.

REPRESENTATIVES OF EMIR ABDULLAH 18N HUSSEIN, ARAB RULER OF TRANSJORDAN AND LEADING CANDIDATE FOR KING OF THE PROPOSED ARAB STATE, ARE IN PALESTINE TO COUNTERACT THE PROPAGANDA OF THE MUFTI.

WITH TROOPS AND POLICE STANDING BY AND GENERAL WEIR, OF THE BRITISH GENERAL STAFF IN CAIRO, PRESENT IN JERUSALEM, HEBREW NEWSPAPERS DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY THAT BRITAIN MIGHT DECLARE MARTIAL LAW IN PALESTINE AFTER PUBLICATION OF THE REPORT.

RISING TERRORISM WAS CLIMAXED WITH AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF MAYOR ISSA BENDAK OF BETHLEHEM. A DEVOTED FOLLOWER OF ABDULLAH, IN WHICH HIS WIFE, LITTLE DAUGHTER AND MAID WERE WOUNDED. TWENTY SHOTS WERE FIRED INTO HIS HOME. IN HEBRON, A CLINIC RECENTLY OPENED BY THE JEWISH PHYSICIAN, DR. RADY, WAS FIRED UPON, AND WINDOWS AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WERE DAMAGED.

TWO DELEGATIONS LEFT TODAY FOR EGYPT TO MEET VLADIMIR JABOTINSKY, PRESIDENT OF THE NEW ZIONIST ORGANIZATION, AND CONFER ON THE PALESTINE SITUATION. JABOTINSKY IS PREPARING STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED TO WORLD JEWRY AND THE PALESTINE JEWISH COMMUNITY.

ONE DELEGATION INCLUDES SEVERAL PROMINENT JEWS, AMONG THEM DR. MAURICE HEXTER, NON-ZIONIST MEMBER OF THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE, RABBI OSTROVSKY AND RABBI ELIAHU BERLIGNE. THE OTHER CONSISTS OF REPRESENTATIVES OF JABOTINSKY’S PARTY HERE.

THE NEWSPAPER BEIRUT OF BEIRUT, SYRIA REPORTED DR. CHAIM WEIZMANN, PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD ZIONIST ORGANIZATION AND THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE, HAD AGREED TO THE PORTION OF PALESTINE. THE DAILY SAID THAT WHILE IN PARIS DR. WEIZMANN HAD INFORMED PRESIDENT EMIL EDDEH OF LEBANON THAT HE HAD SIGNED AN AGREEMENT FOR PARTITION ON JUNE 22.

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