Colonial Secretary Reports on Palestine Outbreaks; Says Violence Harms Zionism

Colonial Secretary George Hall, reviewing today in the House of Commons the events in Palestine, said that efforts to solve the Palestine problem would be “brought to naught” unless there was an end to the “series of outrages,” The terrorism, he added, is a great “disservice to a cause which otherwise commands so much sympathy in many quarters.”

The vielence, he charged, showed “evidence of very careful planning by a very considerable organization among the Jewish community,” adding that at present he wished to say no more concerning the nature of the organization. He said that he has not received any information yet on the number of persons arrested.

“While His Majesty’s Government is examining any possible means of finding a salution to the Jewish problem,” Hall continued,” it is a matter of profound regret that there should be this wanton resort to force.” He told a questioner that he was satisfied that the Government had sufficient forces in Palestine to cope with the situation, but expressed the hope that they will not be “required for efforts such as these of the past two days.”

Palestine is in a virtual state of siege today, according to Jerusalem dispatches to the London dailie. Frontier posts have been strengthened, barbed-wire antanglements thrown up, searchlights and machine-guns set up at strategic points and armed patrols roam the streets of the principal cities.

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