Palestine Arabs Call off General Strike; Will Send Delegation to Vatican and India
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Palestine Arabs Call off General Strike; Will Send Delegation to Vatican and India

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The Arab Higher Committee announced today, following a meeting here, that it will send missions to the Vatican and India to rally opposition to the report of the Anglo-American committee.

Dr. Izzat Tannous, secretary of the Committee, said that a delegation would also call on the Soviet Embassy in Cairo and submit a copy of the Committee’s reply to Prime Minister Attlee’s statement. Dr. Tannous denied, however, that the Committee had discussed any proposal to send a delegation to Moscow.

The Arab leaders decided, at the same time, to call off the general strike scheduled for this Friday. They revealed that the special meeting of the Arab League council to discuss the Palestine report, which is to be held on May 18, will meet at Bloudan, about 25 miles from Damascus, instead of in the Syrian capital as originally planned.


Dr. Tannous said that the Higher Committee is preparing a reply to Prime Minister Attlee’s appeal for American military aid in Palestine. He charged that Attlee’s statement was an appeal for force, and stated that the Arabs would defend themselves by all means at their disposal.

(The United Press reports from Jerusalem that the Arab Communists have decided to participate in the emergency council of the Arab Higher Committee which is meeting to discuss the Palestine issue. They will be represented by Dr. Khali Buderi, who resigned from the staff of a British hospital here, after ten years service, in protest against the report of the inquiry committee.)

The leading Hebrew newspaper Davar commenting today on press reports of the British public’s anxiety concerning the Palestine situation, said that “these reports falsify the real situation in Palestine–British troops are stationed here not to protect the Palestine Jews, who can defend themselves. This fact is known to those contemplating attacks,” the paper continued. “They will not attack unless they are absolutely sure that a third party will prevent the Jews from defending themselves. The admission of 100,000 Jews does not require troops or defense,” Davar concluded.

The world central committee of the Mizrachi Organization, at a meeting presided over by Rabbi Meir Berlin, rejected the portion of the inquiry committee’s report “which does not recognize Jewish historical rights to Palestine.” It urged Jewish communities and man of goodwill everywhere to fight Attlee’s conditions on immigration of 100,000 Jews, and to demand the admission of the more than 1,000,000 who remain in Europe. It also called for Anglo-American recognition of the Jews’ right to live as a nation in their own homeland, and urged the immediate convocation of the Small Zionist Actions Committee to discuss the report.

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