Jerusalem (Oct. 27)
The Arab general strike against alleged Jewish arming, which was to have caused 900,000 Arabs throughout Palestine to cease all activities, was only partially effective yesterday.
The day for the most part passed quietly except for a minor disturbance at Nablus where some 400 Arab youths threw stones and smashed windows in the Shomronim quarter of the ancient city. No one was wounded, according to reports.
Many Arab shops and restaurants refused to close their doors in defiance of the orders issued by Arab party leaders who had called the strike earlier in the week. The strike also failed to cripple transportation lines as was expected, since many of the buses continued to operate throughout the day.
Credit for the peaceful outcome of the strike, which was the first important nation-wide Arab demonstration against the Jews since 1929, the year of the riots, was given to the elaborate precautions against disturbances taken by the police.
The Palestine police had been ordered to wear protective helmets and the British police force carried guns. All night patrols were set up around the cities where disturbances were considered likely.