*Trusteeship Proposed: Arabs Say they will Oppose with Force
May 1, 1948
Jack V Fox
Lake Success, N.Y. (UP) --
The United Nations trusteeship council Friday night was presented with a plan to set up a "simple trusteeship" for the city of Jerusalem but the council delayed a vote after the Arabs announced they would oppose it with force.
The United States submitted the general proposal and began putting on pressure for its adoption, resulting int he drawing of a rough draft for the plan Friday night.
It called for a UN representative to go to Jerusalem to attempt to establish a truce, take over municipal duties from the British and begin the formation of a police force.
BUT OTHER nations objected to hurried action and the momentary spurt was effectively blocked when Jamal El Husseini, spokesman for the Arab Higher Committee, said:
"We believe this is a preliminary step to partition. We are fighting the partition scheme. We shall fight this scheme too."
Speaker after speaker emphasized the need for speed at a time when news dispatches told of fighting in the holy city. But few were willing to commit themselves without instructions from their government and further study.
The council finally decided to continue the meeting.
The draft presented to the council took note that a truce had been recommended for the walled city and suggested that the Trusteeship Council recommend the temporary trusteeship for the municipality of Jerusalem to the General Assembly which would still have to give its approval.