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Jewish Agency Leaders Will Be Released This Week; Other Persons Will Also Be Freed

Release of the detained Jewish Agency leaders who have been held in the Latrun detention camp since June 29, as well as several hundred other persons confined there will almost certainly occur this week and, perhaps, tomorrow.

Richard Stubbs, the Palestine Government’s information officer, told a press conference in Tel Aviv today that the release might occur this week, but did not explain why the detained men had not been freed today, which, according to reliable reports, had been set as the date for their release.

Informed circles here presume that some hitch occurred at the last minute to prevent the High Commissioner from signing the release order, which he has already been instructed to do by London. Other sources said the government may be using the delay to exert further pressure on the Agency.

Meanwhile, however, the authorities announced that they have resumed paying grants-in-aid to the Jewish National Council and local Jewish municipalities following a statement by the Council that the immigration fund it is raising in cooperation with the municipalities will not be administered or disbursed by them.