Jerusalem (Sep. 27)
New regulations aimed at the maintenance of peace and public security in Palestine are published in the Official Gazette today, conferring more power upon the local authorities.
The Jewish population in Palestine is amused by exaggerated reports sent from Palestine by American non-Jewish news agencies about tanks “rolling through the streets of Palestine cities, after demonstrations by Jewish nationalists.” The truth is that nothing but police radio cars which have been patrolling Palestine for nine months are seen in the streets here, and the reported “demonstrations” are amicable joint Arab-Jewish labor gatherings in Tel Aviv and a march by several thousand bearded orthodox Jewish pilgrims from all parts of Palestine to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem on Succoth carrying lulovim and ethrogim.
The Jews of Palestine are not indifferent, however, to the reports from London that immigration is to remain restricted. The Histadruth today summoned a special conference for Monday to discuss the present political developments.
Jews here are also excited at the report, published today, that Arab leaders who were exiled from Palestine in 1937 for inciting anti-Jewish and anti-British ricts, including Jamal Husseini, have received British permission to proceed to an unspecified Arab country in the Middle East. These leaders, who have been held in Rhodesia, will now be able to direct the Arabs in Palestine from nearby countries, it is feared.
The trial of 20 youths charged with possessing illegal arms continued today in Haifa. The court agreed to a defense request that Chief Rabbi Ben Zion Usict, Rabbi Judah L. Fishman, Prof. Joseph Klausner of the Hebrew University, and District Police Superintendent Giles be called as witnesses.