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Situation in Palestine Grave, Commons is Told; Jewish Agency Blamed

Colonial Secretary Arthur Creech-Jones today told the House of Commons that the British Government regrets that “the Jewish Agency does not give full cooperation to the Palestine administration in its effort to curb terrorism in the country.”

Creech-Jones admitted that the Haganah has done “a great deal of helpful and preventive work” but added that “denunciation of terrorism is of no value, unless the Jewish community in Palestine displays determination and relentless action to rid Palestine of the evil of terrorism.

“The situation in Palestine is grave and difficult,” he said, “but the authorities will not flinch from any measures calculated to destroy terrorism and to restore law and order.” He praised the restraint of the Arabs.

Former Colonial Minister Col. Oliver Stanley declared that until a final decision on Palestine is reached within the next few months, the British role in Palestine should be that of carrying out a military operation to prevent great outbreaks between the Arabs and Jews.