Haifa (May. 19)
Four deportation ships, carrying 1,425 visaless immigrants who arrived in Haifa aboard the Hatikvah on Saturday, have disembarked their passengers in Cyprus, according to word from Fawagusta. Their arrival brings the camp population to over 16,000, but 1,125 are scheduled to be returned to Palestine tomorrow.
One of those arrested aboard the Hatikvah is Shmuel Izban, a correspondent of the Morning Journal, New York Yiddish daily. Izban, who is being held in jail here, has appealed to the American consul to secure his release. The consul is alleged to have told him that “this is a poculiar situation for an American citizen to be in,” but promised to take up the matter with the Palestine Government.
There is considerable speculation here as to what reply, if any, the government will make to the statements issued during the week-end by the Irgun and the Stern Group, outlining their conditions for agreeing to a truce during the U.N. inquiry. Although the government will certainly not agree to the conditions, it is believed that it will attempt to prevent serious incidents during the period in which the committee is making its investigations.