JERUSALEM (May. 12)
Despite Arab threats to launch a civil disobedience campaign and withhold taxes if Jewish immigration is not halted, High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope today notified the Jewish Agency for Palestine that he had approved a schedule of future labor immigration and would announce the number of certificates later.
Incidents of Arab terrorism increased today. Packages of dynamite were discovered in the trucks of a train traveling between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Arabs cut wires of the railway telephone system linking Jerusalem, Lydda and Jaffa, in what is believed to have been an attempt to cripple military traffic between those cities.
Lorries carrying troops from Haifa were delayed when tires were punctured by nails strewn over the roads by Arabs.
The railway department ordered discontinuance of night freight train runs and inspection of railroad tracks every morning prior to dispatching of passenger trains.
Crops in the colony of Zikhron Jakob, south of Haifa, were reported on fire.
Tension was heightened in the Tiberias section, where Arabs threatened to perpetrate “massacres on Jews one of these days.”
The twelfth case of arson in the Jewish settlement of Ein Harod occurred last night. Jewish-owned fields were also set on fire in Kfar Gideon, Kfar Tabor and the Zebulun Valley.
Three Arabs were under arrest today on suspicion of having thrown a bomb into the police station at Haifa yesterday. No damage was caused.
Five persons were in the hospital today with serious injuries sustained when police last night dispersed a demonstration of 500 Arabs in Jaffa, who stoned the police and automobiles. Neighboring Tel Aviv, the all-Jewish city, was not affected by the demonstration.
Later last night, however, a Jew’s house on the Jaffa-Tel Aviv boundary was set on fire.
Arabs invaded a Jewish house at Makhne Yossef on the boundary of Tel Aviv, demolished the furniture and set fire to the house. Police extinguished the blaze.
A Jewish bus on the Tel Aviv–Beit Vegan line was attacked and bombed, but the driver managed to escape with the bus before the bomb exploded.
Arabs also attacked and stoned a Jewish bus on the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem line near Lydda, smashing the windows but causing no casualties.