Jerusalem (Jan. 27)
As Jerusalem entered its second week under a fourteen-hour curfew, there was no indication of relaxation of security regulations. Police precautionary measures are being tightened and yesterday, tanks, armored cars and truckloads of heavily armed troops toured the deserted streets.
The few persons possessing curfew passes are halted every few feet and questioned. The doors to the central post office were closed yesterday afternoon and all those who wished to enter were compelled to produce identity cards. Meanwhile, Jerusalem has been declared out of bounds for troops not on duty.
Capt. Itzhak Ben-Ahron, who was convicted by a military court, last week, of having made unauthorized statements to a meeting of the Jewish National Assembly, has been released on his own recognizance, on condition that he appear for sentencing on Thursday.
The newspaper Mishmar reports that preparations are under way for the importation of German war prisoners for use in constructing British military installations. The paper adds that Jewish national organizations have been asked to intervene with British authorities, since the arrival here of Germans will be bitterly resented by the Jewish population.
The questioning of the 908 refugees who arrived here aboard the Enzo Sereni, which was captured by a British naval patrol, will be concluded tomorrow, but it is not known when the arrivals will be released from the Athlit camp, where they are now detained. Up to now only a few representatives of the Jewish Agency have been allowed to contact the internees.