Palestine Police Raid Cafes, Restaurants; Center of Jerusalem Cordoned Off; 15 Arrested
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Palestine Police Raid Cafes, Restaurants; Center of Jerusalem Cordoned Off; 15 Arrested

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The Palestine police, assisted by large parties of British police, today raided cafes, restaurants and public buildings in the center of Jerusalem, checking the identification cards of all persons found there. Fifteen were detained.

While the raid was in progress, the center of the city and all its thoroughfares were isolated from the rest of Jerusalem by a cordon of British mobile police armed with machine guns, and travelling in armed cars.

At the same time, Jewish workers in Jerusalem and Haifa held protest meetings at which resolutions were adopted appealing to the British Labor Party “to prevent the desperate struggle into which we are being pushed.” The resolutions also appealed to the World Trade Union Congress, which is now meeting in Paris,” to assist us in our just struggle.”

A general stoppage of work in Palestine will occur on Monday, it was decided today at a joint meeting here of executive members of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish National Council. The stoppage will start at 1 p.m. and will last for five hours during which protest meetings will be held throughout the country. The Jerusalem Jewish community council today issued a call for a mass-meeting of Jews on Saturday evening “to combat the White Paper and open the doors of Palestine to Jews.”


High officials of the Palestine Government today met with British military officials and mapped plans for quelling any outbreaks that may develop here as a result of the statement on British policy in Palestine which is expected to be made soon by Prime Minister Attlee.

According to information available here, the country has been divided into military districts, and troops have been so deployed that they will be able to reach any spot where trouble develops, or occupy any strategic position, within a matter of hours.

Plans have also been made for an intensive hunt for arms, with the aim of idsarming the Jewish community. Other projected measures include imposition of a day and night curfew, and, it is understood, that curfew passes have already been printed.

The Jews of Palestine, meanwhile, are dismayed by the disclosure in the Senate on Tuesday, by Sen. Edwin Johnson of Colorado, that the Attlee reply to Truman has allegedly rejected the President’s demand for 100,000 immigration certificates, and proposed, instead, the allocation of 1,500 monthly.

Efforts are on foot for the establishment of a “Palestine Emergency Committee.” which would include also those parties and groups which, for one reason or another, are not represented in the Council.

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