JERUSALEM (Apr. 25)
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Incorporation of the Mettula district in the Palestine territory administered by Great Britain will be officially announced this week, it is stated.
Mettula is a Jewish colony in the northernmost part of upper Galilea, and clustering around it are a number of smaller cooperative Jewish holdings. Cession of this territory to France as part of Syria was disputed by the British, a mixed boundary commission deciding finally that it is properly part of Palestine. This decision is said to be due, first, to the fact that the Jewish colonists had settled there over thirty years ago and, second, because of the foothills of the Litani River which are claimed by Pinhas Rutenberg as essential to his Hydraulic project.
The dispute between the French and British authorities made of this territory a sort of no man’s land marked by frequent clashes between the Arab tribes of that vicinity. It was at Tel Hai, one of the Jewish workers’ settlements near Mettula that Capt. Joseph Trumpeldor and five of his comrades, including two Americans who had served in the Jewish Legion, were killed in March 1920, during an Arab raid.