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Jerusalem Military Commander Closes Jewish Service Club for British Soldiers

The Jerusalem service club which has served over 1,000,000 British soldiers, sailors and marines during the past six years, was closed down today by order of the city’s military commander.

The reasons given for the shut down order was that the premises were needed for the businesses and offices which were forced to move from the center of the city when the authorities established a closely-guarded “government zone” there.

The general feeling here, however, is that the club was closed because the British officers do not want their soldiers to accept Jewish hospitality. Clubs for British servicemen were established during the war by the Central Jewish Women’s Committee under the auspices of the Jewish Agency, and some of them continue to operate in various parts of the country.