THE NEAR EAST: Eruption

For weeks Jews and Arabs had uneasily bided their time, waiting on London's word. London, in turn, was waiting on Washington's word. Last week Jews and Arabs refused to wait any longer.

Both factions concentrated on the 28th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (Nov. 2).* For both it was an unhappy milestone—for the Jews because of a promise made and unfulfilled, for the Arabs because the promise had been made at all. In advance, the Arabs had proclaimed a general strike throughout the Near East on that day. But the Jews struck first....

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