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Jewish Population Returning to Safed, City of Massacre

The Jewish population of Safed is gradually returning to the city where they are staying in the protected area which is being daily enlarged. A portion of the Jewish quarter which was destroyed by fire is uninhabitable. Relief work is being organized by the Jewish Agency with the aid of funds received from the Palestine Emergency Fund in the United States and other countries.

In many instances the attackers were recognized as the former Arab neighbors of the Jewish residents who were on friendly relations for many years, a situation which is distressing. Some 90 Arabs were arrested in Safed on the (Continued on Page 2)

charge of assault and looting. An English missionary, Dr. Semple, declared that the looting continued in Safed until the following afternoon. The trials have not yet been started.

Col. Frederick H. Kisch. chairman of the Zionist Executive in Jerusalem, who is travelling throughout the country together with Maurice Samuel, well-known American novelist and Zionist who is representing the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, visited Safed and the upper Galilean colonies up to Metulla. He reports that all is quiet now and that the Jewish settlers are in good spirits, except for the difficulties they encounter in arranging for proper self-protection in places where the protection of the military authorities has not yet been secured.

Members of the Jewish self-defense body in the colony Yavneel, who were arrested by the authorities several days ago, were released today. A survey of conditions in the Jewish agricultural settlements throughout the country made by representatives of the Zionist Executive showed that with the exception of one settler killed in Hulda and 2 in Beer Tuvia, no other casualties occurred in the agricultural settlements in the country notwithstanding the numerous attacks made on the settlements throughout Palestine. The Jewish settlements were protected by the settlers’ self defense.

The Zionist Executive here and other Jewish organizations as well as leaders of the settlements are constantly receiving many passages of encouragement from Jewish organizations in all parts of the world. The He’Chalutz, Zionist pioneer organization, which trains young men for agricultural settlement in Palestine, informed the Zionist Executive of its readiness to send new members to fill the ranks of the settlers.

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