Arabs in Palestine Proclaim General Strike to Mark Anniversary of Balfour Declaration
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Arabs in Palestine Proclaim General Strike to Mark Anniversary of Balfour Declaration

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A general strike of Arabs was proclaimed here today by the Palestine Arab Party to take place on Nov. 2, the 28th anniversary of the War Declaration. Although the strike call was directed to the Arabs of Palestine and it is understood that an appeal will be made to all neighboring Arab countries to strike in sympathy.

Meanwhile, several thousand additional British troops arrived here today aboard the French ship Champolion. Further reinforcements are expected to arrive tonight on the British liner Cameronia.

The training vessel Zevulum, operated as a school for seamen by Jewish groups, was halted yesterday off the Palestine coast by British coastal police who charged that the crew consisted of illegal immigrants and that they were endeavoring to bring in other Jews illegally. However, after interrogation of the crew, the vessel was allowed to proceed.

The question of Jewish immigration into Palestine, legal or illegal, was discussed here at a country-wide conference of commual settlements. The settlers adopted a resolution pledging all assistance to Jews who seek to enter the country and supported the refusal of the colonies of Beth Oren and Yagur to surrender to the authorities persons accused of freeing 208 internees from the Athlit clearance camp.


A world conference of the Mizrachi Organization, attended by 80 delegates from ten countries, issued a manifesto last night declaring that the “White Paper has neither legal nor moral foundations” and is not binding on any Jew, inside or outside of Palestine. Everything possible will be done to resist the provisions of the White Paper and annul it, the manifesto continued. Jewish immigrants will be brought into Palestine by any and all means, legally or illegally. “We will defend our rights to immigration and settlement and liberty, as well as stand up for our rights to self- defense and security, for which no sacrifices will be too dear,” the manifesto added.

Prior to the opening of the conference, the corner-stone was laid for a world Mizrachi center to be named after Rabbi Meir Berlin, president of the organization. It will cost $150,000 and house the world headquarters, a liberary, archives and other Mizrachi functions. Rabbi Berlin and Chief Rabbi Herzog were the chief speakers at the conference.

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