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Recent Outbreaks of Sabotage Are Not Approved by Palestine Jews, Haganah Says

The Haganah announced today in a broadcast over its secret radio, “Voice of Israel,” that the recent outbreaks of sabotage in Palestine did not have the authority and approval of Palestine’s Jewish community. The announcer described the London conference on Palestine as Anglo-Arab “bluff.”

Mayor Israel Rokach of Tel Aviv today issued a statement expressing abhorrence of the recent outbreaks in Palestine, in which British soldiers and Arabs have been killed, and disassociating the city’s residents from any responsibility for them.

Meanwhile, a clandestine broadcast of Irgun Zvai Leumi described an incident, which it said was still unknown in Palestine, in which “one British officer was killed and one officer and nine soldiers wounded during a direct clash between the British and units of the Irgun.” The broadcast claimed that the story has not been released because “the British are ashamed to admit so many casualties in such a clash.”

One hundred workers were evacuated today from a government building in Jerusalem which contains five British offices after a telephone call that the building was to be blown up. Police and troops searched the building but nothing was found.