JERUSALEM (Apr. 29)
Continuous prayers for a British victory have been inaugurated in all Palestine synagogues. There are three shifts daily. A special prayer for Winston Churchill was recited before his speech on Sunday.
On the occasion of Anzac Day a group of Australian officers planted 120 trees in Tel Aviv’s Gan Meir, the public park named for the late Mayor Meir Dizengoff.
Confident that the Axis drive in the Near East will be a failure, the Palestine Potash Company has announced it has begun construction of a five-kilometer dam along the shores of the Jordan River. The dam is to protect the company plants from floods when the Jordan overflows its banks in the rainy season.
Simultaneously, the company announced completion of a factory on the shores of the Jordan to produce bromine. The first Palestine-produced bromine will soon be put on the market. The Dead Sea has almost inexhaustible deposits of bromine, which is especially needed in time of war.
A threat to Palestine was seen here in the Nazi seizure of some of the islands laying near the Dardanelles. It was admitted that the seizure of Samothrace and other small Greek islands, together with the Dodecanese Islands of Italy and French-controlled Syria, opened up the seaway to Palestine, sidestepping Turkey. The British naval announcement that the whole eastern Mediterranean is dangerous to shipping was taken here to imply that the British Government had taken far-reaching precautions to prevent Nazi tanks from reaching Syria as they reached Libya.