Jewish State Will Be Proclaimed Today; Proclamation Goes into Effect Midnight
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Jewish State Will Be Proclaimed Today; Proclamation Goes into Effect Midnight

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The 37-member Jewish national Administration today decided to proclaim the Jewish state and the provisional Jewish Government tomorrow afternoon. The proclamation will take effect immediately after midnight Friday when the British Mandate ends.

The proclamation will be made at a ceremonial session of the Council to which prominent guests have been invited. On Sunday, following the Sabbath, the First official gazette of the Jewish Government will be issued. It will list the members of the government and will put into official effect regulations concerning mobilization and taxes. Another of the first acts of the government will be the placing into operation of a postal system and applying to the International Postal Union for membership.

The decision to call the Provisional Council of Government into session a day before the termination of the Palestine Mandate was reached after an eight-hour session of the administration, composed of the same members as the projected Council, at which Moshe Shertok, Foreign Minister-designate, reported on the most recent developments at Lakes Success. He explained the reasons for the American shift on Jewish State.


The first units of the Haganah began marching into Jaffa at 2 P.M. today to take over control of the port following the conclusion of an agreement between the Haganah high command and an Arab emergency committee. The agreement, which followed day-long negotiations yesterday and a four-hour session today, gave the Haganah commander control of the city. All arms and communication in the city will be right to arrest anyone threatening the peace of the city. The entire male population of the city will be subjected to an identification procedure.

British military commander Lt. Gordon H.A. MacMillan has proclaimed the entire Palestine coastal strip from Acre to the Egyptian border under British occupation. The chief question asked by Haganah leads a is whether the proclamation will interfere with the Haganah movement to counter invasion from Egypt in the south and Syria in the north. Latest reports state that the Jews again have complete mastery of all read communications against Arab attack, but British curfew regulations already interfere materially with Haganah operations at night.

There is mounting realization here that next week will see the acid test for the Palestine Jews, and that what happened during the past month is no real guide to the future. At every hand there is the feeling that war is coming on in earnest. The total mobilization order by Haganah, canceling all occupational deferments except those involving the essential services, goes into operation today.

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