London (Jun. 28)
The Anglo-American experts who have been conferring here on various aspects of the report issued by the Committee of Inquiry on Palestine have completed their work, it was announced here today.
The Americans who have been participating in the conferences are slated to leave for the United States today or tomorrow. They will report to the Cabinet Committee on Palestine recently established by President Truman. (Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson confirmed tonight in Washington that the London conferences have ended. He said that Henry Grady and Goldthwaite Dorr, the alternates on the Cabinet Committee, will leave for London on July 15.)
According to the diplomatic correspondent of the London Times, the discussions here “did not beg the question” of whether or not Britain is willing to admit the 100,000 Jews to Palestine. He says, however, that a statement of policy by the British Government is not likely to be issued for three or four weeks. When Prime Minister Attlee speaks in the House of Commons next week, he is expected to refer only to the recent outbreaks in Palestine, the Times says.
Speaking in Commons today, Lord Winterton, Conservative, urged that British troops in Palestine be given authority to use all possible force against attacks by Jewish resistance groups. He paid tribute to the restraint exercised by the soldiers, declaring that “if there was a stand-up fight, they could reduce Tel Aviv to a heap of stones.” He asked whether the Jewish Chronicle could not be sued for libel for referring to the “people who murder British troops as patriots.”
Following a protest by the Jewish Agency office here, the Evening News deleted from its account of the sentencing of 31 Jews in Jerusalem a reference to Hatikvah as “a Jewish hate hymn” and “a blood and fire hymn of Zionist assassination gangs.”