Truce in Palestine Threatened with Arrival of Large Iraqi Forces from Transjordan

A striking change for the worse in the Palestine military picture and in the possibility of continued peace took place today with Be arrival of a large Iraqi force from Mafrak, Transjordan. This brings the strength of the Iraqi army to about 10,000 men–the largest Arab force in Palestine. It is also equipped with modern American transport and new types of fighter and bomber lanes.

The Sternist daily newspaper Mivrak was closed today and its editor, M. Ami?em, and publisher I. Perl ware arrested by Israeli police, it was announced here. The paper has been suspended indefinitely.

It was authoritatively learned that the reason for the governments action has a longtime contravention of the censorship, regulations by the staff. Mivrak violated the regulations both by not submitting material to the censor in advance if publication and by printing material forbidden by the censor.

Two days ago Mivrak carried a violent attack against the United Nations truce observation staff and against the British in the matter of Emigration restrictions. The article threatened action against both the U.N. staff and the British–it the assumed that the “vengeance” would take place outside Israel. Yesterday and today the newspaper carried photographs and descriptions of a raid on a Sternist camp, near here. The articles were either run without permission or in defiance of the censor. The government is known to consider them as constituting “incitement to violence.”

An official spokesman today declared that the Israeli Government had no knowledge of the reported disappearance from Britain of four Beaufighter planes supposedly heading for Palestine.

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