Jerusalem (Oct. 2)
A new proclamation by High Commissioner Sir John Chancellor is expected, urging all inhabitants of the country, in view of the continued violence and robbery, to assist the authorities to trace the criminals, otherwise, the government will impose collective punishments on all neighborhoods, not only the villages whence the crimes are believed to have originated.
Engineer Pinchus Ruttenberg, on behalf of the Vaad Leumi, National Council of Palestine Jews, and Harry Sacher, on behalf of the Zionist Executive, this morning called on the High Commissioner. It is understood that the subject of the discussion was the murder of the Yemenite Jew, Seliman Moujahaz, and rumors circulating which are creating panic among the Jewish population.
The Jewish representatives were assured that measures for security were not relaxed but have, on the contrary, been strengthened.
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Jaffa and Tel Aviv was revealed this morning following a row between two Arabs which attracted the attention of the British police.
Arab shopkeepers in Jaffa, closing their shops, began running toward the Arab residential quarter. The Jews, beholding the Arab panic, followed suit, running towards Tel Aviv. The panic lasted for half an hour before the shops were reopened.
Twenty-six Arab villages are being investigated with a view to imposing collective punishment on them in connection with murder, robbery, looting and arson in the colony Beer Tuvia.
The Jews of Jerusalem are deeply aroused against a Jew, Abraham Michel, confessed looter, who on August 26, robbed an Arab house. The defense counsel pleaded consideration because of the accuser’s youth and also that he was unbalanced by the riots. The magistrate sentenced him to six months imprisonment. This is the only case of a Jew being brought up for looting, and is believed to be the only case of its kind.