Committee Established in Attempt to Halt Clashes Between Irgun and Haganah
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Committee Established in Attempt to Halt Clashes Between Irgun and Haganah

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Alarmed by the mounting clashes between the Haganah and the Irgun, community leaders today established a committee charged with seeking the source of the present flare-up and with enforcing discipline and peace.

The Committee, which began work this morning, consists of representatives of all parties, neutral and prominent individuals. As a result of its preliminary deliberations, hope was expressed tonight that a modus vivendi could be worked out which would halt the clashes within the next few days. Meanwhile, it was disclosed that mobilization of youths between the ages of 18 and 25 has already started. They will be sent to guard isolated settlements near the Syrian and Lebanese frontiers and in the Negev.

An accidental bomb explosion in Petach Tikvah today virtually demolished a house and wounded two men, one of whom succeeded in fleeing. The other, Moshe Farkash, 25, as arrested and taken to a government hospital.


A conference of right-wing political groupings which opened at Ramath Gan last night under the leadership of Mayor Israel Rokach and other conservative leaders concluded today after adopting resolutions demanding that conservative elements be given ## in the framework being set up in preparation for statehood. The resolution was passed over the opposition of extremist elements, which demanded the conference proclaim non-cooperation with the Yishuv until the right-wingers were given adequate representation.

Meir Yaari, a leader of the left-wing Hashomer Hatzair, which has been a firm ## of partition, told a conference of the party yesterday that "since friends of the Jews are sitting on the partition sub-committee (of the U.N. Ad Hoc Committee) and enemies on the Arab sub-committee, it would be illogical and unwise to oppose our friends and support our enemies." He added, however, that "when the Jewish state is established, we will strive for closest cooperation with the Arab state until a binational state is created."

Informed quarters here state that many British troops have already left Palestine and that only about 50,000, which would be half of the number stationed here in the last few years, remain. No confirmation of the report could be obtained from official quarters. However, it was announced that Citrus House, which has been the Tel Aviv headquarters of the British military forces, has been evacuated and returned to its owners.

Henry Wallace is reported to have conferred this morning with Menahem Beigin, Irgun leader. Later in the day he was received at the Tel Aviv municipality and visited the Weizmann and Sieff Institutes. During a visit to Jewish settlements yesterday, he ploughed a field in Afikim.

A shipment of 60,000 crates of grapefruit, the first to be sent to England this fall, left Haifa this week-end. Estimates of the size of the crop which will be exported to England this season range up to 10,000,000 cases of oranges and grapefruits.

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