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U.N. Palestine Commission Advises Jewish Agency to Appeal to Security Council

February 6, 1948
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The U.N. Palestine Commission, after discussing the charges of aggression brought by the Jewish Agency against Syria and Lebanon, today decided to incorporate the charges in its special report ca the Palestine security situation which is now being prepared for submission to the Security Council. At the same time, the Commission advised the Agency to file its charges directly with the Security Council. This can be done through the U.N. Secretary-General.

The Commission today received British official confirmation that Palestine has been invaded three times by well-organized Arab military units from Syria and Lebanon. Complete data on the projected demobilization of the Transjordan Frontier Force in Palestine was also submitted to the Commission by the British.

On the request of the British Government, the Commission decided to send a representative to London to discuss in detail the acute food situation which is developing in Palestine as a result of Arab violence. The representative will probably be a United Nations food expert, and not a member of the Commission.

The Commission today received a cable from the Jewish Community Council of Haifa asking for immediate U.N. action to ensure the removal of the Arab Legion from Jewish areas of Palestine. The appeal emphasized that the Jews in Haifa are “out-rage by the murder of Jewish passengers of buses passing the Arab Legion camp.” The legion is a Transjordan military unit used by the British in Palestine. Five Jews were killed and twenty wounded this week in a second attack by the Legion on passing Jewish buses.

Meanwhile, a Commission spokesman announced that it had received a message from the Government Wartime Department Employees in Palestine offering the services of its 3,000 members to the Commission when it takes over the administration of Palestine. The organization is composed of Arabs and Jews who have been working for the government since the war broke out.

Tomorrow the Commission will hear a report from Vicente J. Francisco Philippine delegate, on his negotiations with British representatives regarding the Commission’s recommendation that a Jewish militia be established in Palestine. In the meantime, the Commission was advised by the British Government that an investigation has been started of Haganah charges that Lebanese officers were digging entrenchments in Palestine territory for guns emplacements.

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