Jerusalem (Oct. 21)
The Palestine Government intends to maintain the status quo in the country and uphold law and order against anyone. Jew or Arab, who attempts to break it, Palestine High Commissioner Sir Alan G. Cunningham declared to## during a tour of Arab and Jewish villages in northem Palestine. His trip followed that of Lt. Gen. Gordon H.A. MacMillan, British military commander, and members ## his staff, who yesterday toured Upper Galilee and conferred with Jewish leaders ##ere on the security situation.
Although he made the declaration about Britain maintaining order to both Jews ## Arabs, the High Commissioner took special pains to warn the Arabs against rash ##tions. At the Arab village of Khalissa he said: “I would call on the Arabs to think #ll before following lines of action being recommended to them now,” Later, he said ##t Britain had a long tradition of friendship for the Arabs and would like to see continue.During his visits to the Jewish settlements of Kfar Blum and Kfar Giladi, Cun##ghem listened to complaints from the Jews against the presence of detachments of ## all-Arab Transjordan Frontier Force on the northern frontier, In the former vil##ge, he replied that law and order are the government’s responsiblity, not the ###, and that “it is my business to see that you are protected.”
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Pointing out that a number of such incidents had occurred recently on the ##rian-Palestine border, the communique warned that no undue importance should be attached to border incidents which may attract attention because of the present political situation.The announcement also said that such “frontier violations are not unusaul, ##wing to the fact that the Palestine-Syrian border is not clearly demarcated along ?ts entire length.” It added that the government was keeping in close contact with ##h British charge d’affaires at Damascus to insure amicable relations.
Henry Wallace today toured the Dead Sea area and visited the Jewish settlement ?f Beth Haarava, on its banks. He lunched with Jewish Agency officers Goldie Merison ##nd Eliezer Kaplan. During the Jordan Valley tour, Wallace asked a number of questions concerning the Lowdermilk plan for a “Jordan Valley Authority.”
The Haganah today foiled two attempts to rob diamond factories in Nathanya ##nd Tel Aviv. In the former instance the extremists were released with a warning to get out of town. In Tol Aviv the dissidents escaped after firing several shots ## passers-by who came to the assistance of the Haganah men. No one was hurt.