London (Dec. 15)
The London press today features sensational stories topped by scare headlines of threats during the last 24 hours by alleged Jewish extremists to blow up British government buildings and subway stations.
Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is checking the possibility that the threats may have been made by fascists seeking to arouse anti-Jewish feelings in Britain. It is thought that the caller who threatened the destruction of the government offices might be the same person who phoned a newspaper office on Friday and, after identifying himself as a member of the fascist “National Guard,” revealed that an East End synagogue had been desecrated.
The Sunday Dispatch links these threats to alleged Sternist threats to the “moderates” at the World Zionist Congress in Basle. The newspaper alleges that the Jewish Agency’s efforts to persuade the extremists not to carry their “war” to Britain have failed. It asserts that the extremists are indifferent to the effect of their actions upon the status of British Jewry.
The Sunday paper, News of the World, says that besides strengthening the guard detachments around public buildings, the authorities are closely watching “all known Jewish extremists.” It also asserts that copies of all threatening telephone messages are sent directly to Prime Minister Attlee and Home Secretary John Chuter Ede and that these top officials are in constant touch with the latest developments.