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Jewish National Council Denies Jews Fired Upon British Soldiers in Palestine

The Jewish National Council of Palestine today took direct issue with the new Palestine High Commissioner, Sir Alan Cunningham, who yesterday announced that British troops were fired upon last Monday in the Jewish settlement of Givat Hayim before they opened fire, killing six Jews and wounding many others.

A statement issued by the Council flatly denies the charge. The statement emphasizes that the Jews who tried to break through a cordon to Givat Hayim were entirely unharmed. It reads:

“After careful and minute investigation of the events which occurred in or near Givat Hayim on Nov. 25, the National Council is satisfied beyond any possible doubts that the party of some fifty Jews who tried to break through to Givat Hayim was entirely unarmed, inasmuch as sticks were being carried by them. None of the members of Givat Hayim or the settlers who assembled there had firearms or any other weapon, nor were any arms discovered among them.”