LAKE SUCCESS (Feb. 11)
U.N. Secretary-General Trygve Lie today authorized the formation of an advance party of six-four officials and two staff members-to go to Palestine at an “early date” to make preparations for the arrival of the Palestine Commission which is to implement the partition decision of the General Assembly.
At his press conference today, Lie said that he looks upon the Palestine question “as a very serious one for the United Nations.” He denied a report that during his recent stay in London he told British Minister of State Hector McNeil that a special session of the General Assembly is necessary because of an alleged deadlock in the Palestine Commission. The report speared in Palestine newspapers. “Never has there been a deadlock in the Commission,” he declared.
The Secretary-General acknowledged receipt of the Jewish Agency memorandum asking him to transmit charges of Arab aggression to the Security Council. He said he would decide in a day or two whether to comply with the Agency request.
Assistant Secretary-General Arkady Sobelov told the press conference that the Palestine Commission will include in its report to the Security Council the threatening letter addressed by the Palestine Arab Higher Committee last week to the United Nations. The report to the Security Council will be ready in about three days.
JEWISH NATIONAL COUNCIL ASKS U.N. TO SPEND UP PROTECTION FOR JERUSALEM
The Jewish National council of Palestine today submitted a memorandum to the U.N. Palestine Commission reviewing the effects of Arab violence in Jerusalem and emphasizing that “the intervention of either the Security Council or the Trusteeship Council for maintenance of law and order cannot be delayed,” in view of the great importance attached to Jerusalem by the three major religions.
The memorandum asks the Palestine commission to request the Security Council “at once” to install a special force in Jerusalem under a temporary commander to be responsible to the Commission, so that law and order may be maintained and the Holy Places protected. Alternatively, it considers imperative the appointment of the U.N. Governor of Jerusalem and the establishment of the special police force provided for in the partition resolution of the General Assembly. The Trusteeship council, which will take over the administration and the responsibility for security of Jerusalem, is asked “to speed up preparations for the establishment of security forces” for the city.
The Jewish National Council Points out in is memorandum that Jerusalem has become “the scene of internecine strife, studiously fomented by Arab politicians Who hope to frustrate the partition resolution adopted by the U.N. General Assembly by staging a war in the capital of Palestine, the seat of its central administration.” emphasizes that sniping attacks on Jewish quarters in the outlying parts of the city “have become a daily occurrence,” precipitating counter-measures Jewish defense forces.
Many Jewish educational institutions, including the Hebrew University and the centers of religious learning, have “became inaccessible through persistent Arab attacks on vehicles going to them, the memorandum reports, adding that the Wailing Wall and Rachel’s Tomb have also become inaccessible. The ancient Jewish cemetery on the count of Olives has repeatedly been desecrated “in the vilest manner” and funeral recessions have come under heavy Arab fire, the document says.
The memorandum charges the British security forces in Jerusalem with adopting a attitude of “benevolent neutrality in favor of the Arabs.” It also points out that besides failing to discharge the duty of affording security to the people of Jerusalem, the city’s administration “is virtually in a state of disintegration” with the General post office practically not functioning telephone service curtailed and any other government-operated services discontinued.