Jerusalem (Oct. 20)
The Palestine Government is understood today to have made representations to the Syrian Foreign Office against the detention yesterday of five Jewish settlement police who were seized by a patrol while allegedly on the Syrian side of the frontier. Jewish sources claim, however, that the Jews were on the Palestine side of the border when arrested.
A JTA dispatch from Cairo quotes Egyptian Minister of National Defense Ahmed Attia Pasha as denying reports that Egyptian forces were being concentrated on the Palestine border. He said that his troops usually engaged in maneuvers in October, and added that they were being held in the Sinai Desert, adjoining Palestine, because that area was outside the cholerasinfected districts. Meanwhile, the Rail Ministry amounced that traffic between Egypt and Palestine has been suspended owing to spread of the epidemic, which has cost 1,000 lives in the last three days.
The campaign of terror launched by the Mufti’s adherents against their opponents within the Arab community has increased in tempo, and many merchants, journalists and others are fleeing to Syria in fear of assassination. A bomb was discovered yesterday in the offices of the Jaffa municipality, apparently intended for the mayor, who ##lared recently that “I will not permit outsiders to instigate disturbances.”
The Arab newspaper palestin reports that units of the Transjordan Frontier force have replaced British troops at garrisons in Tel Litwinsky and north of Tel Aviv, which are Jewish districts.
Henry Wallace, who arrived in Palestine yesterday, lunched today with David Gan Gurion, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive.