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Curfew in Jerusalem Cut by Two Hours As Jewish Workers Celebrate May Day

May 2, 1947
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In what some Palestinians wryly observed was evidence that Palestine was ruled by a “Labor Government,” the authorities today held off the dusk-to-dawn curfew in the Mea Shearim quarter for an extra two-and-a-half hours to permit the Jews to celebrate May Day.

All available wall space throughout the city was plastered with May Day slogans and most of the Jewish press yesterday carried May Day manifestoes of the various parties. With the exception of one or two newspapers, all were closed today in honor of the holiday.

The Histadruth appealed to Jewish workers and all workers of the world to fight for abrogation of the White Paper and for the admission of a large number of displaced European Jews. It called on the Jews to protest against the “anti-Labor government which has brought repression and bloodshed” to the Holy Land.

Mishmar, organ of the Hashomer Hatzair Party, published a similar manifesto in Hebrew and Arabic. The Communist newspaper, Kol Haam, called for the evacuation of the British from the country and the establishment of an independent, democratic Jewish-Arab state.


The Jewish Agency policy on continuation of the Palestine Mandate and a trusteeship for the country was attacked last night by the Irgun Zvai Leumi in a broadcast which characterized the policy as “bumbling.”

The underground announcer asserted that the Jews have a majority in Palestine and Transjordan, if the count includes the Jews living in the country and those who are prevented from entering by the British navy. The final decision does not rest with the United Nations, he asserted, but with the “Sons of Israel” who are fighting for a final victory.

From Lebanon it was reported that the Transjordan consulate in Beirut has announced that Abdul Raluman Azzam Pasha, secretary-general of the Arab League, want to the U.N. meeting against the decision of the League’s Council. Charging that Azzam Pasha went to Flushing Meadows to push Egyptian propaganda, the statement also accuses Egypt of attempting to use the Palestine issue for its own benefit.

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