Jerusalem (Dec. 31)
The departure of the Inquiry Commission has again focused public attention on the matter of the security of life and property. In the last 24 hours, the newspapers reported assaults and robberies from all parts of the country, bold hold-ups of police in northern Palestine and the way-laying of a car carrying the “Doar Hayom” and the “Palestine Bulletin” to Tel Aviv.
An armed band of brigands attacked the police post at Faradiah, between Acre and Safed. Of the seven policemen stationed there, four escaped, while the brigands disarmed the others. British police are aiding in the search for the brigands. An equally spectacular raid was made on the office of the excise collector in the village of Dalta, near Safed, where the villagers were levying a ransom on the tax collectors and proposed to disarm his police escort. This was prevented by an escaped prisoner, Ahmed Taposch, who had been sentenced for the murder of Isaac Mamaan of Safed. The prisoner ordered the villagers to restore the firearms because the police were his townsmen and he did not want them disgraced.
No attempt was made by the police to rearrest the escaped murderer, who was accidentally discovered. Recent robberies in Jerusalem include the house of Mayor Nashashibi; president of the district court Baker; the manager of Barclay’s Bank, Clark; several British officials, including the Director of Agriculture, Sawyer, and the Mufti’s cousin, the editor of the “Jamael Arabia.”
Masked armed bandits, mistaking the car carrying newspapers for a mail car, forced the chauffeur to descend, and the robbers, driving ahead for three kilometers, opened and scattered the bundles of papers and wrecked the car.