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Arabs in Palestine, Inspired by Events in Lebanon, Ask for a National Government

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Inspired by the developments in Lebanon, where the parliament last week declared the mandate of the League of Nations to be non-existent and proclaimed its complete sovereignty despite the opposition of the French administration, the Arabs in Palestine today issued a demand that a National Government be established in Palestine.

The demand was voiced in a resolution adopted at a conference of representatives of the Arab Chambers of Commerce in Palestine. The resolution also urged the British Government to implement the White Paper by officially announcing the complete stoppage of Jewish immigration to Palestine. British authorities were also requested in the resolution to start a thorough search for arms among the Palestine Jews.

Meanwhile, the Palestine press today reported that French military authorities in Lebanon have banned all the Hebrew newspapers arriving there from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. They also issued an order prohibiting listening to broadcasts from Palestine.

A detailed report on the attitude of the Jewish Agency towards the negotiations now going on in Cairo for the establishment of a pan-Arab Federation, which would include Palestine, was given here today by Moshe Shertok, head of the political department of the Jewish Agency, addressing a closed session of the small Zionist Actions Committee. He spoke at great length on the effect which a pan-Arab federation can have on the Jewish status in Palestine and dealt with the general political outlook for Palestine.

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