London (Oct. 17)
The Palestine Government does not intend to institute at the present time any criminal proceedings against individuals named in the British White Paper of July 24, 1946 which charged that members of the Jewish Agency executive were implicated in terrorist activities in Palestine, Arthur Creech-Jones, Colonial Secretary, announced in Commons today.
Following the Colonial Minister’s statement, Richard R. Stokes, Labor, suggested that the Jewish Agency be closed. In response to a question from the floor, Creech-Jones asserted that he was in no position to prevent “terrorists” who escaped across the Palestine borders from reaching Paris, where the Agency has set up a new headquarters. Another questioner suggested that suspected Palestinian terrorists might be moving through Europe with UNRRA passports.
Creech-Jones also denied that the publication of the text of Herbert Morrison’s speech in Commons on Aug. 30, outlining the British “federalization plan,” had been banned by the Palestine censor.
JEWS NOT PERMITTED TO CATCH FISH IN BRITISH ZONE OF GERMANY
Three deep sea fishing trawlers which were allocated to the Jewish Aid for Palestine Committee in Hamburg, in the British zone of Germany, have been taken away by the British authorities and the fishing has been ordered halted, John B, Hynd, government spokesman on occupation matters, told the House. The more than 300 pounds of fish caught weekly by trainees at a Jewish fishery school had been distributed among the Jews of Hamburg to supplement the meager rations alloted by the British occupation forces.
Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill rose to ask whether it was a new prime for people to catch fish. He was joined by other Parliamentarians who demanded to know why people who suffered as much as the Jews were not permitted to add to their good stocks. Hynd replied that the privilege had been taken away from the Jews because it was necessary to maintain the same food ration for all sections of the population.
The entire question was raised when Stokes asked Hynd whether the craft are used to help Jews leave Europe en route to Palestine. Hynd’s reply was in the negative.