JERUSALEM (Jul. 17)
The Jewish National Council today called a one-day general strike for tomorrow in protest against the British decision to suspend Jewish immigration to Palestine for six months starting Oct. 1. The strike will start at two p.m. and end at midnight.
The Council said in a statement that the immigration decree, which was announced in the House of Commons last week by Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald, represented the “high point in MacDonald’s treachery to the Jewish people” and exhibited a “cruelty befitting the rulers of the Third Reich.”
The Council appealed to the British nation to reject the decree. Chief Rabbis Isaac Herzog and Ben-Zion Uziel also issued an appeal to the British people, asking them to “raise their voice against the grievous wrong to Israel by the suspension of immigration.”
An Arab band of 30 last night raided the Arab village adjoining the new Jewish settlement of Bet Haffa in southern Palestine, wounding two villagers and kidnapping five others, including two mukhtars (local chieftains). The raid reportedly was in punishment for the villagers’ friendliness to the Jewish settlers.
A group of 74 Jewish youths, brought from Germany, Austria and Prague under the auspices of the Youth Aliyah movement, are scheduled to arrive in Palestine tomorrow. Another group of 12 child refugees will also arrive and will be placed among Tel Aviv families.
Arab newspapers reported that a Bedouin had apprehended and turned over to the police three Jewish illegal immigrants near Ness Ziona. The police later captured 70 others of a group of 350 who were reportedly landed by a small schooner.