Anti-jewish Riots Feared in Cairo; Ruler of Saudi Arabia to Meet with King of Egypt

Renewed anti-Jewish outbreaks are expected in Cairo in connection with the arrival there of King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia to confer with King Farouk of Egypt on Arab League problems, it was reported today by Reuters, a British news agency.

London newspapers report today the two rulers are likely to issue a joint declaration with regard to their views on the Palestine issue. The greatest political importance is attached to their forthcoming talks.

According to the Reuters report from Cairo, King Ibn Saud is expected to arrive in Egypt on Jan. 10 accompanied by 17 of his sons and an entourage of more than 100 men. Triumphal arches are being erected and Cairo is being bedecked with flags. Extensive police precautions are being taken.

“Some concern has been expressed lest the excitement caused by the most important Arab King’s presence in Cairo may lead to another outbreak against Jews and foreigners as last November,” the Reuters correspondent wires from Cairo. “The point is that the boycott measures against Zionist goods which the Arab League decided upon so far have had only a limited effect through governmental action.

“Shops and wholesalers have large stocks of Palestine goods bought before the boycott came into operation, the correspondent continues. “There is danger, therefore, that popular feeling may become excited by the presence of Ibn Saud whose uncompromising opposition to Zionism is well-known here.” The report emphasizes that Ibn Saud recently expressed the view that “direct action against shops stocking Jewish goods, or Jewish shops, may be taken by groups determined to carry through the boycott decision.”

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