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British Military Headquarters Orders Inquiry into Arrest of Correspondents in Palestine

British military headquarters today ordered a court of inquiry into the circumstances of the detention last Thursday night of a group of foreign and local correspondents by Lt. Col. Richard I. Webb.

The correspondents, who were arrested at the site of a bomb explosion while watching the screening of 1,000 Jewish men, women and children, were subjected to a violent anti-Jewish harangue by Webb who called the Jews a “despicable race.”

In a broadcast last night, the Irgun Zvai Leumi radio “Voice of Fighting Zion” said that “from reports it appears that the Agency and the Palestine Government are preparing common action against us, but we hereby declare that we are ready to fight.”