Tripoli, Libya (Nov. 29)
On the eve of the first formal meeting since the Nov. 5 pogrom between Arab and Jewish leaders in Tripoli, which is scheduled for tomorrow, Arab spokesmen today said they were deeply mindful of the “irreparable damage” done to their hopes of independence by the attacks on Jews.
In compensation, they offered to make a public apology and to make “some material reparation.” Jewish leaders were prompt to reject that offer, deeming it indequate to compensation for the deaths of at least 170 Jews and damage to Jewish property assessed by the owners at fully $4,000,000.
Jewish spokesmen are demanding full reparations from the British occupying authorities whom they deem in part responsible for the massacres. The Arabs, for their part, are refusing payment of reparations by means of any special tax on them, but suggest that some compensation might be given the Jews through voluntary contributions. The Arabs are also demanding the suppression of the Zionist movement in Tripolitania.
The British continue to reserve decision in the dispute and in consequence, the meeting tomorrow is not expected to beyond attempted settlement of immediate differences and measures to guard against a repetition of the wholesale murders.