Palestine Government Communique on Safed Outbreak Erred

An important revelation that the government communique on the Safed outbreak was inaccurate was made during the trial of three Arabs accused of the murder of the Jewish mechanic, Isaac Mamaan by Police Commandant Farraday. The original report said that disturbances had broken out, but did not mention that it was an anti-Jewish attack. This was evidently due to the mistaken belief that Mamaan, the first Jew killed, was a Moslem because he spoke Arabic when he lay wounded and groaning in the street. Farraday said that he did not know that the High Commissioner had placed blame on the Jews also for the riots, although he heard that Sir John had asked a Jewish deputation whether it was true that the Jews were responsible which they denied.

Searches in Arab houses in Safed yielded scores of knives and daggers. Farraday said. Only one revolver, which had not been used, was found in a Jewish house.

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