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End to Civil Strife in Yishuv Demanded; Irgun Threatens Retaliation for Haganah Attacks

October 30, 1947
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A conference of right-wing groups being held at Ramat Gan today called on Jewish national institutions to order an immediate cessation of the clashes between the Haganah and the Irgun in order to avoid the danger of "fratricidal war." In another resolution, the conference asked for immediate elections for the Palestine National Assembly, asserting that the present body is unrepresentative.In a broadcast tonight, the Irgun warned that it would retaliate for recent Haganah attacks on its units, "since we have learned that these were not isolated incidents but a systematic plan to intimidate and liquidate us. "The broadcast added that internecine warfare "is alien to us and we will consider the situation carefully before raising our hands against Jews."

Opening the Hebrew University’s academic year, President Judah L. Magnes lashed out at the extremists, declaring that force, violence and totalitarian methods seen today in the Yishuv. He asserted that both the extremists and the official leadership are equally responsible.Gad Salama, 16, a member of the Irgun, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment today by a British military court on charges of having attempted to bomb a police station. Salama was apprehended on Aug. 7 while trying to enter the compound of the ##nshie Police Station in Jaffa disguised as an Arab. He was leading a camel loaded with explosives. The defendant challenged the jurisdiction of the court.

Henry Wallace left Palestine today after a ten-day visit during which he covered wide sections of the country. Before leaving, he told a Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent that he believed that the Negev can be turned into a veritable garden, which could grow wheat in the winter and bananas and vegetables in the summer.

The one-time Secretary of Agriculture said that "if the Jews are willing to our the same amount of effort into this as they have done elsewhere in Palestine, they will reap more per hour from their labor. I don’t say it is easy," he continued, but hundreds of thousands of American farmers lived like this in western Nebraska. The job can be done."

Doctors at the Cyprus camps for Jewish deportees today reported that six children have died recently and 100 adults are ill as a result of deteriorating conditions in the camps. They pointed out that 9,000 internees are still living in tents, although the rainy season has begun.

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