2 Jews, 3 Soldiers Wounded in Pitched Battle with Arab Gang
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2 Jews, 3 Soldiers Wounded in Pitched Battle with Arab Gang

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Two Jews and three British soldiers were wounded today during a pitched battle that took place thirteen miles from Jerusalem when an Arab gang ambushed a Jewish bus and four, cars in which a group of noted Jewish leaders were riding.

The soldiers and one of the Jews, Isaiah Fishman, were seriously injured.

Among the passengers in the private cars were Eliezer Kaplan, treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, A. Katznelson of the Jewish National Council, and Eliahu Dobkin and A. Barlass of the Palestine executive of the Agency.

When the Arabs opened fire into the crowded Jewish bus and its convoy, en route from Tel Aviv to this city, the cars sped ahead and notified the British troops.

Lorries carrying soldiers immediately rushed to the scene and engaged the Arab gangsters in battle which was still being waged at 7:45 Palestine time.


The British soldiers wounded were shot during the battle. They were not in the bus at the time it was ambushed. The Jewish wounded, including Luba Pesis, who was slightly injured, were taken to the Hadassah Hospital here.

Six Arabs who threw bombs from a speeding automobile into another crowded Jewish bus leaving Tel Aviv were arrested. No casualties were reported.

Arms were distributed to Tel Aviv firemen who, starting today, are replacing traffic police. Simultaneously Jewish policemen were withdrawn from the Tel Aviv-Jaffa border districts and replaced by British policemen.

Despite the curfew imposed on all railways throughout the country and the presence of special guards along all railroad tracks, Arabs bombed a railroad bridge at Tulkarem.


It was reliably learned today that the Arabs are preparing serious demonstrations for tomorrow, the Moslem Sabbath. Some Arabs, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was informed, have quietly notified their Jewish friends not to appear on the streets because bloodshed is possible.

One Arab was gravely wounded by a British policeman when he fired as he was being searched for arms.

Bombs were thrown by Arabs at the home of the district officer in Beisan and the home of a British sergeant at Beit-Vegan.

Five hundred trees were uprooted at Gan Shlomeo, near Hedera.

Three shots were fired at the Jewish police captain, A. Silver, in Jerusalem. The shots missed their aim.


Intercessory prayers and recital of psalms were held throughout Palestine today by order of the chief rabbinate.

Jews in Safed, fearing attacks by aroused Arabs, sent a call for help to Jerusalem. Safed was the scene of serious anti-Jewish disorders during the Arab outbreak in 1929.

A transport of the Palestine Potash Co. was attacked and shot at on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho. No casualties were reported.

Orange trees numbering 830 were uprooted during the night in the vicinity of the American colony of Raanana and near the Jewish settlement of Herzliah.

Several fires were extinguished, including one set near the Palestine Electric Station on the Yarkon River.

Pinchas Ruttenberg, founder of the Palestine Electric Corp., visited High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope for two hours to discuss the question of security.

The Arab Supreme Council, which is directing the anti-Jewish strike, sent a delegation to Emir Abdullah, Arab ruler of Transjordan, to insist on his intervention in behalf of the Palestine Arabs. The Emir had previously advised the leaders to end the strike.

The Christian Arab daily, Falastin, was closed for four days by the authorities.

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