Tel Aviv Jews Fear Outbreaks; Police Say No Basis for Panic; Precautions Taken
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Tel Aviv Jews Fear Outbreaks; Police Say No Basis for Panic; Precautions Taken

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Fearing possible clashes between Jews and Arabs, many Jews today began moving from the Tel Aviv-Jaffa border area into the center of this city, while Arabs are moving into the center of Jaffa.

Mayor Israel Rokach of Tel Aviv today conferred with high Palestine police officials on questions of security. He was assured that there is not the slightest foundation for fearing any outbreaks of violence. They asked the mayor to take steps to calm down those Jews who have become panicky and promised to increase their patrols. The police emphasized that every precaution is being taken to maintain order.


Meanwhile, a special conference of the Histadruth here adopted a resolution reaffirming the determination of the Jewish laborites to head the fight against the White Paper, and appealing to British Labor "to prevent implementation of the White Paper, which might lead to disastrous results." It also appealed to workers throughout the world for support, asserting that it will bring Jewish immigrants to Palestine "by all ways and means" and continue to colonize the country.

Eliezer Kaplan, treasurer of the Jewish Agency, told the meeting that "any attempt to declare war against us will be disastrous, not only for us–we have force and we know how to defend ourselves."

Itzhak Tabenkin, a Histadruth leader, said that "to declare war on us isn’t the same thing as declaring war on a ghetto. We have learned our lesson. We won’t be late, nor will we allow ourselves to be driven to slaughter. We will not permit our brethren to die in concentration camps. The police will not frighten the brothers and parents of the victims of Treblinka.

"We have no reason to wait for a better opportunity, or a more progressive government," he continued. "We declare war against the White Paper and tanks will not halt us–every Jew will fight them. We tell British Labor that Jewish workers will sacrifice themselves for their nation’s existence and honor."

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