British Troops in Palestine Ordered Not to Fraternize with Jews

Troops of the British Sixth Airborne Division, who have been spread through Palestine to reinforce police posts, have received unofficial instructions not to fraternize with Jews, it was learned today. They have been "advised" to abstain from any contact with Jews.

A British military court this morning sentenced Itzhak Zigelbaum, 31, to seven years imprisonment for possession of two hundred detonators. His one-day trial con- cluded last night, after the court refused the defendant’s request that he be allowed to engage counsel and prepare a defense.

Protesting the tribunal’s ruling, Zigelbaum refused to testify in his own defense, declaring that "the murderer of millions, Joseph Kramer, the ‘Beast of Belsen,’ was given an opportunity to prepare a defense and the authorities even invited Major (##)wood (who described the Oswiecim victims as "dregs of the ghetto") to defend him. But a Jew in his own land is refused that right."

Police announced today that a triple-barrelled mortar, which was aimed at a police station two hundred yards away, was discovered yesterday in an arange grove on the Jerusalem-Jaffa road. The police alleged that the mortar was of a type used by the terrorist "Irgun Zvai Leumi."

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