Jaffa, Palestine (Oct. 27)
Ten Arabs were killed and more than a hundred injured here today when over 10,000 followers of the Palestine Arab Executive disobeyed police orders to disperse and attempted to hold a demonstration of protest against the immigration of Jews into Palestine. One native policeman was killed and several British and Arab policemen injured.
The demonstration, staged at the order of the Arab Executive, had been prohibited by the Palestinian authorities, who warned Arab leaders that the police would take strong measures to prevent it. A large police force was assembled and barbed-wire barricades set up near the district commissioner’s offices.
The rioting broke out when the Arabs, pouring out of the mosques after mid-day prayers, attempted to form a procession, refusing to disband when the Riot Act was read. Brandishing clubs and daggers, hurling stones and firing occasional revolver shots, the Arabs closed with the police. After a native policeman was slain by one of the shots fired by the rioters, the police were ordered to open fire.
RIOTING HALF AN HOUR
The disorders continued for about half an hour before the police dispersed the demonstrators and restored order. The wounded, demonstrators and police alike, were rushed to the Hadassah hospital Members of the Mogen David Jewish first-aid organization which functions as a Red Cross, rendered first-aid and treated the less-seriously injured on the scene. Among those wounded were John A. M. Faraday, assistant superintendent of police, and Officer Sigrist.
Scores received minor injuries when the demonstrators pulled mounted police from their horses and the frightened steeds ran rider-less through the throngs.
Order was restored early in the afternoon and heavy police patrols guarded the city. A six o’clock curfew was ordered in Jaffa and in the adjacent community of Tel Aviv, the all-Jewish city. Placards to this effect were put upon streets in both cities. Authorities said that martial law had not been declared but that an emergency situation exists. The curfew is expected to continue for the next few evenings. Tel Aviv was quiet all through the disturbances and no efforts to demonstrate there were made by the Arabs.
Arrests of Arab demonstrators tonight included Jamal Hussein, Izzat Darwaza and Said el Khalili, members of the Arab Executive and Jacob Ghussein, Arab youth leader. The notorious Sheik Helmuz Affar was badly wounded as were a number of well-known Arab leaders.
Earlier in the week members of the Arab Executive were warned by Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, Palestine High Commissioner, and Robert E. H. Crosbie, district commissioner, that the Palestine ##