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Arabs in Palestine Deny They Are Willing to Agree to Limited Jewish Immigration

The Arab Office here today flatly denied reports that Mussa el Alami, Palestine delegate to the Arab League, had expressed himself in fevor of limited Jewish immigration into Palestine, if an impartial United Nations’ body should decide that the country could absorb more Jewish immigrants and if all the Allied nations also agreed to accept displaced Jews from Europe.

Rajai Husseini, director of the office, issued an announcement declaring: “This office categorically denies the statement alleged to have been made by Mussa el Alami. He has made no political speach of any nature during the past twelve months.”

Reuters reports today that influential Arab politicians in Jerusalem stress the fact that there has been no change in the Arab approach to the Palestine problem and that they still insist on maintenance of the White Paper.

The curfew on traffic was tightened today. It will begin at 6:00 P.M. and not 11:00 P.M. as ordered by army headquarters last Thursday. It will end at 6:00 A.M. The order affects all highways outside municipal areas. For the northern section of Palestine a general curfew was imposed yesterday, and persons living in that area must remain indoors between 5:30 P.M. and 5:30 A.M.

LORD GORT LEAVES PALESTINE; JEWISH AGENCY REGRETS HIS RESIGRATION

Field Marshal Lord Gort, who resigned last week as High Commissioner of Palestine, today left here for Britain by air. In a statement issued on behalf of the Jewish Agency, Dr. Bernard Joseph, the Agency’s legal advisor, regretted Lord Gort’s resignation. The statement emphasized that “during his short term of office. Lord Gort managed to win our sincerest sympathies through his direct human approach to the people and by his trying to understand and solve the most complicated problems.”

The “Palestine Post” today described the resignation of Lord Gort as “nothing short of a tragedy.” It stated: “No High Commissioner in 25 years of British rule in Palestine enjoyed greater popular trust and none repaid it with greater personal kindness. If the report is true that he is out of sympathy with the line of those Middle East experts whose advice and actions are influencing and governing Palestinian policy. Lord Gort’s resignation is nothing short of a tragedy.”

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