867N.01/916: Telegram

The Consul General at Jerusalem (Wadsworth) to the Secretary of State

My October 27 [2], 3 p.m., crossed Department’s October 2, 2 p.m., and I believe answered query except as regards censorship which prohibits telephone calls and censors telegrams to neighboring countries but not to Europe or America.

Local press may publish news but not comment, this being designed to prevent incitement Arab public and inter-racial strife which it is feared would be precipitated were Jewish press further to embitter Arab feeling by exulting over soi-disant victory.

Conversations yesterday with Chief Justice, Solicitor General, Staff Intelligence Officer and others convince me current measures are not simply punitive action consequent upon assassination District Commissioner but rather initial moves in new policy of firmness and repression vis-à-vis Arabs, adopted in full accord with home Government to replace last 18 months conciliation policy.

Battalion Black Watch arrived Saturday to replace Sussex which will remain pending developments. General officer commanding has informed Merton troops now eight battalions are adequate to control situation which remains substantially as described.