Jerusalem (Oct. 25)
A Turkish ship today landed 156 Jewish immigrants, mostly children from Bulgaria. Another ship with about 1,000 Jewish immigrants is expected to reach Haifa from Rumania within a few days. These two transports are among the last expected to arrive in Palestine under the White Paper restrictions.
A military court in Jerusalem today sentenced a Jewish truck driver to five years imprisonment on the charge of unlawful possession of twenty-three hand grenades found near his truck after it collided with a train at a crossing. An Arab youth who was found guilty of unlawful possession of twenty rounds of rifle ammunition was sentenced by the same court to nine months imprisonment and ten strokes of the birch.
SYRIAN PREMIER BARS ISSUING VISAS TO JEWS, CAIRE REPORTS
The Cairo radio today reported that the Syrian Premier has issued an order forbidding the issuance of Syrian visas to Jews. The Jewish underground radio in Palestine today reported that Jews have been attacked in Damascus. They appealed to the British consulate, but were told that the consulate was helpless to intervene with Syrian authorities.
The same broadcast reported that three leaders of the Arab Istiklal party of Palestine, headed by Auni Bey Abdul Haid, are now holding conferences in Damascus with exilted anti-Jewish and pro-Nazi Arabs who found shelter in Syria, and are plotting Arab outrages in Palestine. The Istiklalists visiting Damascus are known to be pro-British. The Husseini Party leaders, who are pro-Mufti and anti-British, are not participating in the Damascus talks "because they feel that there is British influence behind the sinister preparations," the broadcast said.
The broadcast emphasized that the Jews do not want to drive the British out of Palestine, or weaken their position in the Middle East. "All we want," the broadcast said, "is that Britain fulfil its promises. We do not want to drive a single Arab out of Palestine. We do not want an inch of the neighboring Arab countries. But we want these countries to refrain from interfering in Palestine affairs. We shall resist if the Government insists on carrying out the infamous White Paper. We are not terrorists and we don’t want bloodshed and violence. We want British friendship, but not for the price of selling out our people’s only hope."
HASHOMER HATZAIR CONFERENCE CALLS FOR INTERNATIONAL CONTROL OF PALESTINE
The Hashomer Hatzair, left-wing labor party, concluded a nation-wide conference with a resolution calling for international control of Palestine with full political equality "between the returning Jewish nation and the Arabs residing in Palestine." It also addressed an appeal to the British Labor party "not to place any obstacles in the Jewish nation’s path towards redemption and independence in Palestine," to fulfil its pledges to the Jews, and to allow free Jewish immigration.
Other resolutions adopted at the conference emphasized that the Jews in Palestine do not want war with England, but "will defend to the last our hope for the future." One resolution urged the Jews in Palestine "to stand like a rock" and strengthen their self-defence organization. Another resolution warned against provocations and declared that the Hashomer Hatzair "will combat fascist terrorist gangs."