Palestine High Commissioner Confers with Ben Zvi on Halting Extremist Activities
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Palestine High Commissioner Confers with Ben Zvi on Halting Extremist Activities

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High Commissioner Sir Alan G. Cunningham today conferred with Isaac Ben Zvi, president of the Jewish National Council. It is understood that Sir Alan stressed the “extreme urgency” of taking measures to halt extremist activities and mounting casualties among soldiers and policemen.

At an earlier conference between Jewish Agency leaders and the High Commissioner, the latter refused to take any action to curb the terror campaign of British troops and Palestine police until the Jewish Agency suppressed the extremists, it was reliably learned here today.

When the Jewish Agency leaders asked the government to take measures to halt the terrorising of innocent Jewish citizens by armed soldiers and policemen, Sir Alan asked the Jewish Agency to take measures to halt Jewish extremists. The Jewish spokesmen said that the Agency was unable to do this because it had no influence on the underground. The High Commissioner retorted: “We, too, have no influence.”


One British soldier was killed today and three others injured when a jeep struck a landmine on the Haifa – Tel Aviv road. A Jew, Paul Rosenberger, who was a veteran of the Czechoslovak Army, was killed today in a daring daylight holdup on Allenby Road, Tel Aviv’s main street.

Together with two other men, Rosenberger attempted to make off with $60,000 which a Polish official had just drawn from the Barclay Bank. Despite their throwing two hand grenades at the Pole’s police escort, the policemen opened fire killing Rosenberger. A second member of the group, Akiba Weinstein, 22, was wounded and captured with the brief case containing the money still in his hand. The third member escaped.

Later in the day, Weinstein was kidnapped from the Hadassah hospital following an operation to remove the bullet which wounded him. As he was carried out of the operating room, three men with pistols held off the police guard and hospital attendants and carried him down to a waiting car.

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