Jerusalem (Jul. 1)
The United Nations Special Committee on Palestine has voted seven to four against visiting the interment camps in Cyprus, and has rejected by a vote of ten to one a sub-committee’s recommendation that it hear the extremist groups, it was reported here today, without confirmation.
Usually reliable informants say the committee voted under the impact of the latest outbreak of terrorism, which had an extremely unfortunate effect upon it. Some of the members are reported to be in a dilemma, not wanting to do anything which might be construable as anti-British, such as asking representatives of the political prisoners interned in the Latrun Camp to appear.
The Committee today visited Safad, where from the high vantage point of Nebi Yusha, the members viewed the great Huleh swamp area of northeastern Palestine, where Jews hope to reclaim sufficient land to settle 10,000 persons within the next three to five years. Continuing the second day of their three-day tour of the Galilee district, UNSCOP was given details of the reclamation plans of the Huleh area, which is now highly malarial. The committee was told that experiments have shown that the land is fertile and could bear all types of fruits and vegetables.
The commission also visited Dan at the foot of Mount Hermon, where it saw 450 adults and children at work. The delegates were told that eight years ago the settlement had been a malarial swamp. They also visited nearby Kfar Gilada.
It is learned that Sir Abdur Rahman, Indian member of UNSCOP, met recently with Jamal Husseini, deputy chairman of the Palestine Arab Higher Committee during a visit by Rahman to the El Akza Mosque. UNSCOP chairman Emil Sandstroem lunched on Sunday with Moshe Shertok, chief of the Jewish Agency’s political department.