London (Aug. 26)
Colonial Secretary George Hall was urged today by the Agudas Israel and the Board of Deputies of British Jews to instruct High Commissioner Sir Alan Cunningham to commute the death sentences imposed by a military court two weeks age on 18 Jewish youths charged with participating in an attack on the Haifa railway yards in June.
While condemning terrorism, the Agudah pointed out in a letter to Hall that the youths were misled by their desire to aid the remnants of European Jewry. The note added that while discussions are taking place between Britain and the Jews concerning Palestine’s future, Jews throughout the world would appreciate mitigation of the sentences, whose execution would serve only to worsen an already difficult situation.
The Board of Deputies in appealing for the commutation of the death sentences, said that “we are convinced such action would produce a better atmosphere for a peaceful settlement of the Palestine problem.”