Jerusalem (Sep. 6)
The District Officer of Tulkarem advised the settlers of Gan Chaim and Raanana, colonies in the orange belt, to evacuate the settlements, since it is impossible to guarantee their security. The Gan Chaim orange grove is the property of an American Jewish company, and several Americans are in Gan Chaim and Raanana.
Latest reports received from the orange belt state that the colonists are determined not to evacuate Raanana, Gan Chaim and other points in the orange belt.
A statement issued by Israel Matz, president of the Ex-Lax Manufacturing Company, New York, who is treasurer of the Gan Chaim Corporation, stated that he was in receipt of a cable report from Jerusalem which denies previous press reports that the Gan Chaim plantation was damaged by the Arabs. No damage was done either to Gan Chaim property or to the personnel Mr. Matz stated.