New York (Aug. 1)
The Jewish Agency offices here had a bomb scare this morning when an anonymous caller told the switchboard operator that a bomb had been planted in the building and would explode within five minutes. A police bomb squad was summoned and combed the four-story building without turning up anything suspicious.
Dr. Stephen S. Wise, president of the World Jewish Congress, today called on President Truman to transmit to the British Government “the deep indignation of all Americans of good will at the deliberate assault of British military and police on the peaceful Jewish inhabitants of Tel Aviv.”
In a telegram to the President, Dr. Wise urged him to use his influence to the end that the cycle of violence and recriminations be terminated in the Holy Land so that the peaceful development of the Jewish National Homeland could continue.
The American Jewish Committee, in a cable to the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, condemned the hanging of the two British soldiers by the Irgun as “an act of unjustified lawlessness and brutality wholly at variance with the tradition of Judaism and prejudicial to a sane solution of the Palestine problem.,”
The cable also scored the “equally unjustreprisals” by British troops and police. It pointed out that these events stress the necessity for UNSCOP to find a solution to the problem, asserting that the roots of all violence in Palestine lie in the White Paper.
The Zionist Organization of America, in a statement issued here, also condemned the hanging of the two Britishs. The statement read: “We are shocked and horrified. The perpetrators must be bereft of their senses. The Zionist movement has repeatedly condemned the shedding of innocent blood as an instrument of political warfare. We condemn the Irgun for this foul deed as vehemently as we condemn the British Government for the reign of terror it has instituted in Palestine.”