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Wauchope Confers with Emir Abdullah at Amman

HIGH COMMISSIONER SIR ARTHUR GRENFELL WAUCHOPE FLEW TO AMMAN TODAY TO CONFER WITH EMIR ABDULLAH OF TRANSJORDAN REGARDING THE PROPOSED PARTITION OF PALESTINE.

THE EMIR IS VITALLY INTERESTED IN THE BRITISH ROYAL COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS, AS UNDER THEM THE ENTIRE PROPOSED ARAB PORTION OF PALESTINE WOULD BE ADDED TO HIS DOMAIN AND TRANSJORDAN, NOW A BRITISH MANDATE, WOULD BECOME A WHOLLY SOVEREIGN STATE.

THE EMIR IS ONE OF THE ARAB RULERS TO WHOM THE ARAB SUPREME COMMITTEE IN JERUSALEM HAS APPEALED FOR ADVICE ON THE COURSE IT SHOULD TAKE IN THE FACE OF THE PARTITION PLAN.

THE MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE, HEADED BY GRAND MUFTI HAJ AMIN EL HUSSEINI, LEADER OF THE ARAB ANTI-PARTITION FORCES, CALLED ON THE POPULATION TO PAY NO ATTENTION TO “EMPTY PROMISES” FROM BRITAIN.

DECLARING THAT PALESTINE BELONGS TO THE ENTIRE MOSLEM AND ARAB WORLD, THE COMMITTEE SAID IT WOULD CONFER WITH RULERS OF NEIGHBORING ARAB STATES ON FUTURE POLICY.

WITH THRONGS OF ARABS IN THE CITY TO OBSERVE THE MOSLEM SABBATH TODAY, THE AUTHORITIES TIGHTENED PRECAUTIONS AGAINST POSSIBLE OUTBREAKS STEMMING FROM THE PARTITION PROPOSALS. STRONG CONTINGENTS OF STEEL-HELMETED POLICE GUARDED THE EXITS OF ALL MOSQUES.

TENSION, HIGH FOR DAYS BEFORE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ROYAL COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS, WAS INTENSIFIED FOLLOWING YESTERDAY’S STONING OF A JEWISH LABORER, ZEVI BAIDAK, NEAR ST. STEPHEN’S GATE.

A SITUATION THAT THREATENED FOR A TIME TO GET OUT OF CONTROL DEVELOPED IN JAFFA YESTERDAY, WHEN ARABS ATTEMPTED TO DEMONSTRATE. POLICE ARRESTED 25 PERSONS AND DISPERSED THE CROWDS.

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