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Haganah Reiterates Demand for Release of Arrested Jewish Mayors in Palestine

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A new protest against the continued detention of the mayors of Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Nathanya, as well as the heads of local councils of smaller communities, was voiced today by the Haganah, which said that the government’s failure to release the Jewish leaders is strengthening the dissident elements and hampering efforts to rally the Jewish community to fight terrorism.

Meanwhile, the Latrun Camp authorities, where the prisoners are being held, have refused permission for Acting Tel Aviv Mayor Eliezer Perlson to confer with Mayor Rokach on urgent municipal business. However, the camp commandant has agreed to allow detainees to receive their relatives in his office, under police supervision, following the refusal of the prisoners to communicate with their kin through a barbed wire partition.

Criminal Investigation Division officers today detained Shlomo Itzhaki, correspondent for the New York Morning Journal, Yiddish daily, and questioned him for two hours concerning the background of recent stories he has filed. They also searched the reporter.

A business dispute among partners of an Arab-owned bus line resulted in the injuring of seven Arabs, two seriously, when a bomb planted by one partner destroyed a bus at Damascus Gate here this afternoon. The explosion, coupled with the blasting of an Arab shop earlior in the week by Arab boycotters, has led to rumore that Jew-extremists were responsible for the incidents, increasing the tension in the Arab quarter of the city.

An unofficial gentlemen’s agreement has brought a measure of peace and quiet to residents of houses facing police headquarters here. Annoyed by the police who had been firing indiscriminately at the houses, endangering the lives of the occupants and making it almost impossible for them to sleep, one tenant put a sign in the window of his apartment reading: “We Sleep Here. Please Do Not Disturb.” The next morning there appeared in a window of police headquarters a laconic sign reading: “O.K.”

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