Jerusalem (Oct. 14)
Replying to a police ultimatum that the colonies of Jagur and Beth Oren surrender the organizers of the raid on the Athlit internment camp, who are believed to be hiding there, as well as all escaped internees, or face cellective punishment, the secret “Voice of Israel” station today declared that no one will be turned over to the police and any collective punishment will be resisted.
In the event that the Palestine Government imposes fines upon the settlements and the latter refuse to pay, the authorities may seize the colonists’ land and property and sell them at public auction. What action the settlers will take if the Government moves to take over their land romains to be seen, but today’s broadcast seems to indicate that violence would result.
A conference today of the presidents, premiers and foreign ministers of Syria and Lebanon issued a communique in Damascus declaring that they will act jointly with other Arab states to “combat Zionist infiltration.” The meeting is regarded as a preliminary to the Arab League conference, which is scheduled to open in Cairo at the end of this month.