Jerusalem Quiet, but Assaults Continue in Other Parts of Palestine
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Jerusalem Quiet, but Assaults Continue in Other Parts of Palestine

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With the arrival of British reinforcements in Palestine the country passed the sixth day of the Moslem Arabs’ warfare on the Jewish population in a state of continued uncertainty and lack of safety. Though riotous attacks on a large scale have subsided in the principal cities, threats of attacks and assaults continued in the outlying Jewish settlements, particularly in the northern part of the country. The southern part was mostly well under control of the British troops.

High Commissioner Sir John Chancellor, in whose absence on vacation to England the outbreaks occurred, is expected to arrive here Thursday.

With a few exceptions, attacks ceased in Jerusalem Wednesday night. Two Jewish houses were burned in the Old City. No attacks on a large scale were reported from other points, although alarming reports of the massing of Arab tribes at various points were received. Several thousand Bedouins of the Samous and Beni Saher tribes of Transjordania crossed the Jordan and encamped near Ramalah. Their chief sheik was arrested by the British police Wednesday afternoon.


Various Jewish localities continued to be evacuated at the order of the government, in order to secure better protection. An exception was the case of the Mayer Schfeya settlement and orphanage. The residents of the colony Zichron Jacob told the government emphatically that if Meyer Schfeya is destroyed they will abandon Zichron, whereupon the government revoked the order and the Zichron settlers undertook to guard Meyer Schfeya until the arrival of the British military forces. The Jewish population objected to the evacuations for reasons of policy.

Athlit, where the Palestine salt works are located, was adequately protected by government forces. Ekron and Bait Vegan, near Jaffa, were evacuated.

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