U N I T E D N A T I O N S
24 May 1948
CABLEGRAM DATED 23 MAY 1948 FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL TRUCE COMMISSION FOR PALESTINE ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
The Chairman of the Security Council Truce Commission instructs me to transmit the following message to you:
"Jerusalem 23 May
Rabbis Winzderg and Hazan of the Old City ask me to transmit the following message to you:
The population of the Jewish quarter of the Old City faces the danger of complete massacre. On behalf of the population we address a desperate appeal to you. The rolls of Torahs of eight synagogues have been burnt. How much longer will the civilized world tolerate this kind of vandalism. I beg you to make every effort and act in the most effective manner to put a stop to it. Population patiently awaits your intervention aimed at effecting an immediate cease fire.
I may personally add for your information that since five this morning the Jewish quarter of the Old City is being hammered by Arab artillery and mortar fire.
Jean NIEUWENHUYS, Chairman of the Security Council Truce Commission in Palestine."
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