Jerusalem (Jan. 23)
The Palestine Government is expected to announce next week that it will allow continued Jewish immigration during the period in which the Anglo-American inquiry committee is making its investigations, despite yesterday’s rejection by the Arab Higher Committee of the High Commissioner’s suggestion that 1,500 Jews be allowed to enter monthly until the committee announces its findings.
According to reliable sources, the Arabs will agree to the interim immigration on condition that the immigrants be children or aged persons, and that the Government promise that no matter what the inquiry commission decides, nothing will be done without consultation with and approval by the Arabs. These sources stressed, however, that the Government has made up its mind to announce the continued immigration regardless of any Arab conditions.
Tel Aviv was placed out of bounds for British policemen off duty today, following the distribution, last night, by the Irgun Zvai Leumi, of leaflets admitting responsibility for the bombings in Jerusalem Saturday night, and warning that they were only the beginning of retaliations for the killing of “two of our soldiers in Eritrea.”
About 7,000 Jews have been detained for questioning within the last few days in connection with Saturday’s violence. They comprise about twenty percent of the Jewish male population of this city. Yesterday, 1,070 were detained and nine held for further questioning.