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Palestine Commander Confirms Sentence of Flogging Imposed on Jewish Youth

December 24, 1946
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A sentence of 18 years imprisonment and 18 lashes imposed by a military court on Benjamin Kimchin, 16, for complicity in an attempt to rob a bank at Jaffa was confirmed today by Lieut. Gen. Sir Evelyn Barker. A Jewish Agency spokesman expressed regret that the authorities had not heeded the representations by Jewish leaders against use of corporal punishment.

The Agency spokesman denied that the cessation of terrorist activities during the meeting of the Zionist Congress was ordered by the Agency, reiterating that neither the Agency or any other Jewish institution had any control over the terrorists. The only effective means of combatting terrorism, he added, was for the Palestine Government to show some expression of good will.

The government’s information officer, Richard Stubbs, told reporters today that the authorities had been unable to identify the policemen involved in the rioting against Jews in Tel Aviv on Nov. 18, but several policemen had been transferred to remote portions of the country.

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