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Jews Sentenced for Possessing Arms when Colony Was Threatened

Prison terms of one year each were imposed upon two Jews of the colony Rehoboth, found guilty of possessing two rifles on August 25. The defense contended that even if the prosecution had substantiated the charge, which it failed to do, the accused were entitled on that day to protect the colony which was definitely threatened.

The judge, in pronouncing sentence, said that on that day the military was responsible for security and therefore self-defense was unnecessary.

An Arab accused of possessing a rifle was given a like sentence in the Jaffa District Court.