Jerusalem (Sep. 3)
While machinery was being set in motion today for formation of adequately equipped patrols to guard Palestine frontiers against entrance of illegal immigrants, government officials expressed the hope that the project will avert the threat of clashes between volunteer Arab bands and proposed Jewish counter-patrols.
Immediate establishment of a coast guard force with sufficient vessels to keep the coast within thorough control and of a special body of mounted and foot police to place the land borders under intensive surveillance was announced by the administration yesterday. Units of the Transjordan frontier force will cooperate with Palestine police by closely watching the northeast division line, officials further revealed.
APPROVED BY COLONIAL OFFICE
The new plan to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants into the Holy Land, which originated with High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, has been approved by the Colonial Office, it was stated.
British restrictions of the entry of Jewish immigrants into Palestine has led to a tremendous increase in the number of Jews attempting to enter the country illegally by land and by sea. At the same time large numbers of Arabs from neighboring countries, attracted by prosperity in the Holy Land, also have entered the country illegally.
ARAB BANDS ORGANIZED
Bands of Arab volunteers were organized to watch the frontiers and coast line to prevent Jewish immigrants from entering. At Nathania, a Jewish, colony, Arab