New York (Apr. 17)
A group of Jewish youths today picketed the British consulate in New York in a demonstration organized by the American League ## a Free Palestine to protest the execution of Dov Gruner and three other Palestine Jews. Twenty-five were carrying anti-British placards. They attracted a ##rowd of hundreds of persons.
The refusal of the State Department to intervene on behalf of Dov Gruner and other Jews executed or sentenced to death by the British authorities in Palestine as today criticized by the United Zionists-Revisionists of America, in a statement issued by Col. Morris J. Mendelsohn, chairman of its executive board. He charged that by Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s refusal to intervene in behalf of the four men executed yesterday, the Department gave “tacit approval” to the ##angings.Dr. Stephen S. Wise last night charged Britain with pursuing its own way with indifference to public opinion and scorning the protests of world Jewry. Commenting on the execution of Dov Bela Gruner and three other Jewish youths, Dr. Jewise accused the Labor Government of bringing “ineffable shame to England” and reminded it “England is old, but Israel is older. Israel has seen civilizations fall of greater duration than the centuries of England.”
The executions were described as “an act of premeditated murder” by Peter H. Bergson, chairman of the Hebrew Committee of National Liberation. He said it seemed inevitable that many more lives would be lost as a result of the executions and that Britain would be responsible not only for “the four young lives just taken” but also for “the lives of the many Hebrews and Englishmen that will be lost.”
David W. Petegorsky, executive director of the American Jewish Congress, last night accused the British Government of still further provoking the Palestine Jewish community by the executions.