Tel Aviv (Mar. 1)
All stores in this all-Jewish city were closed today in a demonstration of protest against the new taxation which the Palestine Government intends to introduce and which will affect primarily the Jewish population of the country.
At a meeting arranged by the Chamber of Commerce, speakers emphasized that the new tax scheme, is an “economic White Paper” which implements the restrictions on Jews imposed by the political White Paper which practically closes the doors of the country to Jewish immigration.
The Chamber of Commerce, itself, adopted a resolution asking the Palestine Government to change its tax legislation, arguing that the government uses taxes from Jews to finance services to Arabs. The resolution also urges the Palestine Government to meet its present deficit by dissolving various departments established when the war was close to Palestine’s borders.
Arab Chambers of Commerce throughout the country are also voicing protests against the new taxes. They point out that Arab economy will be ruined should the new project be put into effect. A memorandum outlining objections to new taxes was submitted by the Palestine Arab Party to Sir Edward Grigg, British Minister for the Middle East, who is now on a visit to Palestine. The memorandum also demands the release of Arab political prisoners and the appointment of Arab mayors in Jerusalem and in Haifa.