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Palestine Arab Communists Will Ask U.N. Body for Independence Without Partition

Emil Touna, Arab Communist leader, said today that the Palestine Arab Communists want an unparticioned, independent Palestine and evacuation of British troops. He stated that this demand would be presented to the U.N. inquiry committee before which the Communists announced they will appear.

The Arab press takes a very moderate tone today in discussing the clash between the Haganah and an Arab robber band Tuesday night, during which several Arabs were killed. The general reaction is that the incident was of local character and had no political significance.

The Arab Higher Committee announced today that it has opened a special office in Jerusalem to tighten the boycott of “Zionist goods” and to assist Arabs in getting needed commodities from non-Jewish sources.

The Jerusalem military court which has been trying Mordechai Laufer, 33-year-old plant manager, for transporting illegal arms, today sentenced him to seven years imprisonment “with special treatment.” Laufer, in whose car a quantity of revolvers was found, said that he had been kidnapped and compelled to transport the arms.