Security Council Resumes Palestine Debate Today; Jews File New Charges Against Arabs
Menu JTA Search

Security Council Resumes Palestine Debate Today; Jews File New Charges Against Arabs

Download PDF for this date

The United Nations Security Council will re##e its discussion of the Palestine situation tomorrow following a ten-day postponement during which the Big Powers, excluding Britain, have examined the issue from a member of different aspects at a series of private talks. Of particular significance this stage in the Council’s consideration of the case is the nine-point program admitted by the Jewish Agency to the Big Four rejecting any further consideration of compromise in Palestine and outlining specific actions which the Council can take to lengthen the hand of the Palestine Commission in implementing partition.

The Agency today made public a new memorandum charging that Arab aggression against Palestine is directed from the capitals of Arab states and incited and carried by the Arab governments “who are emboldened by the growing uncertainty of the implementation of the General Assembly’s partition resolution.” The document, which is erected to the Palestine Commission and the Security Council, added: “Without the ##power, funds and equipment supplied by foreign governments, the disturbances in Palestine, where the bulk of the Arab population has shown little disposition for convict, would have never become a major military issue.”It pointed out that the task before the United Nations is to secure the observance of the United Nations Charter by those of its member states who are employing ?e threat and use of force in their international relations. The memorandum, a implement to the Agency’s indictment against the Arab states made on February 2, includes 16 pages of photographs and Arabic newspaper clippings to substantiate the larges directed against the governments of the Arab League.


Estimating the total of the invading forces now in Palestine at 5,000 to 6,000 the Agency stated 2,500 are Syrians, 2,500 are Iraqi, and a few hundred are Lebanese and Egyptians. The Mandatory Power is charged with an unexpected dereliction of {SPAN}##ty{/SPAN} in allowing the violation of Palestine’s frontiers.”

Commenting on the British failure to bar invading Arabs, the Agency insisted that when the British Government attempts to explain its inability to halt the marauders by pointing to the “difficult nature of the border country” it is creating a false expression. The document pointed out that there are only four bridges over the Jordan which can be crossed with motor transport and large convoys. “If these bridges and their immediate vicinity were properly guarded, no columns could slip into Palestine undetected,” it asserted.

The memorandum reveals that truce negotiations between the Arab mayor of Jaffa and the mayor of Tel Aviv, were broken by orders of the Iraqi commander who now controls Jaffa. The Iraqi is reported to have told Yusif Haykal, mayor of the Arab city: I don’t mind the destruction of Jaffa if we secure the destruction of Tel Aviv.”

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund