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Palestine to Continue Recruiting Jews for Infantry Units

Expressing its satisfaction with the recruiting of a Jewish volunteer force in Palestine, the Palestine Government today notified the Jewish Agency that the recruiting of Jews for infantry units would continue “until an approved strength is reached.”

The Government also informed the Jewish Agency of its decision to increase the number of Jewish special policemen in villages to serve as a reserve for the regular police force there. The number of Jewish supernumerary policemen in the city of Tel Aviv will similarly be increased. The number of policemen in the Jewish settlements is now more than twice the number on service there in May.

The Palestine Government is ready to permit the recruiting of Jewish private police in the settlements in excess of the total which was reached in May. It agrees that a number of Jewish private policemen should enroll in the service in August. The training of such policemen is conducted in 23 centers and sufficient arms will be placed at their disposal, the Government’s statement to the Jewish Agency assures.

The assurance came as a result of negotiations conducted during the last few months between the Jewish Agency and the Palestine authorities with regard to increasing the defense facilities in the Jewish colonies in connection with the war situation. In informing the Agency of its present decisions, the Palestine Government commended as “very satisfactory” the voluntary recruitment of Jews in Palestine for war services.

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