London (Jul. 11)
Pressed by several members of Parliament as to when the government would reveal the allowed evidence found during the raids on the Jewish Agency headquarters in Palestine, Lord President of the Council Herbert Morrison, Labor majority leader in Commons, today said that he could not give the date of publication of such evidence, but promised a debate on the Palestine issue before August 1.
Colonial Secretary George Hall, in a written reply to a question by Maurice Orbach, Labor Member of Parliament, said today that he did not feel that an inquiry into the destruction of the WIZO building was required. He added that it was necessary to break into it. Hall said further that he has been informed that during searches in Tel Aviv, of which the WIZO was one, it was necessary to remove the contents of certain safes, but a careful inventory was made.
Commenting on the arrival of the American Cabinet committee in London to begin discussions on the implementation of the Anglo-American inquiry committee report, the liberal Manchester Guardian states that it believes there is a possibility of having the United States share in the Palestine Mandate. The newspaper suggested that statements by Prime Minister Clement R. Attlee and Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin and recent British actions in Palestine might lead the United States to believe that Britain was opposed to both the joint inquiry committee report and a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The editorial also suggested that the British be prepared to offer the partition of Palestine as an alternate solution if they and the Americans could not agree on the Anglo-American report.
The Communist Daily Worker today devoted an entire page to the Palestine question, reiterating its demand for the release of the Jewish leaders and declaring that their arrest is “an act of war against the Jewish community.” The newspaper asserts that “oil, pipelines, and grand strategy” explain the motives behind present policies which are “using both Arabs and Jews as pawns in an imperialist game.”
The Anglo-Jewish Fellowship believes that the alleged evidence of a tie between the Jewish Agency and terrorists “should be given to Parliament as soon as possible,” Basil Henriques, chairman of the organization, said at a meeting here last night. “The measures adopted were severe,” he said, “whether they were unwarrantably severe must be guesswork, so long as the information at the disposal of the British authorities remain undisclosed.” He also said the Fellowship “regrets” that the arrests occurred on the Sabbath.
London underwriters have increased the war and cargo freight risk rates on shipments to Palestine from 50 to 100 per cent on various types of insurance, it was announced here today.