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British Cabinet Ponders Martial Law in Palestine

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The British Cabinet, it was understood today, is gravely perturbed by news from Palestine showing serious deterioration of the military situation, and is fearful that the situation may get out of hand, resulting in increased losses being sustained by troops in Palestine.

An important decision was understood to be pending. The question of proclaiming martial law and handing over the complete administration of the country to the military authorities was under discussion. An official announcement was expected tonight or tomorrow that another division of troops would be sent to Palestine to liquidate the Arab rebellion.

Chief Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz of Great Britain, Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog of Palestine and Rabbi Meir Berlin, honorary president of the Mizrachi (religious Zionist) organization, today testified in camera before the Partition Commission.

The chief rabbinates of Great Britain and France have decided to support the Palestine chief rabbinate’s decision in proclaiming Sep. 18 as a day of fast and prayers for world peace and improvement in the Jewish position, it was announced here today.

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