Jerusalem (Jan. 25)
The Palestine Government yesterday announced a new law to curb the terror that has broken out in many parts of the country in an attempt to force men to enlist in the British forces.
“Reports have recently been received from all sections of Palestine concerning cases of terrorism and hooliganism perpetrated by persons representing themselves as being concerned with the furtherance of recruitment for the armed forces,” the official announcement read, adding that “the methods used included the placing of bombs, kidnapping, tarring and fathering, the administering of castor oil and other forms of intimidation.”
“Supplementary to these overt acts,” the proclamation continued, “there has been a campaign of bullying and various forms of boycott. It must be made clear beyond any question that intimidation on the pretext that it is being done to facilitate recruitment for the forces, is prejudicial to the regulations designed by the Government for the purpose of mobilizing manpower. It is obnoxious to the general principles of law maintained in the country and will not be countenanced. Such acts,” the communique concluded, “bring discredit on the entire recruiting campaign and must, in the interest of the war effort as well as for the good name of a community that has given so many thousands of recruits to the armed forces, be prevented by all means possible.”