867N.01/1760: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State

3187. Mr. Eden gave me the other day the following notes of measures the Government has taken in regard to the Jewish population of Palestine:

“The Jewish settlement police are being more than doubled.

The rural special constabulary are being given more intensive training and arms are being made available for them.

The urban special constabulary are also being expanded on a more restricted scale.

The recruitment of Jews by the Palestinian infantry companies of ‘the Buffs’ is proceeding up to the full approved program.

Considerable numbers of Jews have been recruited from Palestine for service in the Middle Eastern theatre generally in the RE, RASC,23a et cetera, and alter technicians in the RAF.

Extremely small Palestine volunteer force has been formed for which Palestinians as well as British can volunteer.”

  1. Royal Engineers and Royal Army Service Corps, respectively.