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British King Gets Report on Bernadotte’s Assassination; Jews Condemn Outrage

September 19, 1948
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The news of the assassination in Jerusalem of Count Folke Bernadotte was given tonight to King George at Balmoral Castle, while the Board of British Jews issued a statement describing the assassination as “a dastardly outrage” and “a most deplorable happening.”

The likelihood is envisaged hero that the recent proposal by Trygve Lie, asking the United Nations for a police force to undertake special assignments and lend protection to U.N. investigators abroad, might now receive renewed attention at the U.N. General Assembly sessions opening Tuesday in Paris.

In official circles the view was expressed that some new procedure must be devised immediately for continuing mediation in Palestine. There was unanimity against any abandonment of mediation, a more which one high government official said was inconceivable.” The point was stressed that in spite of local setbacks, the U.N, truce had proved more successful than had first been believed possible.

Both official and unofficial circles expressed the view tonight that the assassination of Count Bernadotte was a severe moral blow to the authority of the United Nations; In the forefront of the minds here of those reached for comment was the fact that the United Nations mediator was shot down in Jerusalem only a few hour-before his Palestine report was due for submission to the U.N. General Assembly at Paris.

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