JERUSALEM (Feb. 24)
Under heavy fire for its failure to apprahend Fawzi Bey el Kaukaji, Arab terrorist leader who has been sought by the British since before the war, the Palestine Government today promised an investigation of how Kaukaji was permitted to leave Lydda airport last night, after his plans landed here for one hour, en route to Cairo.
Promising a probe, the government’s information officer Richard Stubbs declared that the terrorist and his wife were travelling under assumed names and, therefore, their identity “unfortunately escaped the vigilance of the frontier patrol.” Stubbs also said that the authorities would investigate the release of 70 members of the Arab army Najada, who were apprehended when the buses in which they were returning from Egypt were found to contain arms.
COURT ORDERS GOVT. TO DEFEND WHITE PAPER LAND RESTRICTIONS
The Palestine Supreme Court today granted a writ ordering the Palestine Land Registry Office to show cause why Judge Bernard Rosenblatt of New York should not be allowed to register a four-acre plot on Mt. Carmel purchased from a Jew, who bought it from an Arab before the White Paper land restrictions went into effect.
The Land Registry Office has refused to register the purchase on the grounds that the plot is in Area “A,” where it is forbidden for Jews to purchase land. Rosenblatt’s petition claims that the government’s action is illegal in that it violates the terms of the Mandate and the Anglo-American convention of Dec. 3, 1924. The action is the first legal challengs of the White Paper land laws.