Troops Occupy Arab Village Near Petach Tikvah

Troops occupied the village of Rantieh near Petach Tikvah tonight after two Arabs were reported killed and five wounded in an engagement with British military forces.

Inhabitants of the village have been responsible for uprooting of hundreds of acres of crops at Jewish settlements and for attacks on Jewish settlements and troops.

The authorities closed down two Government schools in Bethlehem because of the continued Arab strike. The Government Department of Education ordered school teachers not to leave the country for midsummer vacations without special permission.

A fire at a civil airport at Lydda last night caused considerable damage. Arab workers, terrorized by raiders, feared to continue working.

Two privately owned automobiles, one of them the property of Jacob Simon, United Press correspondent here, were destroyed by fire this morning in front of the United States Consulate.

Twenty tombstones in a famous Jewish cemetery in Safed were destroyed last night. The rabbinate and the Jewish community protested against the desecration, demanding that the grounds be protected.

The authorities imposed one year’s “home arrest” on Abu Deaf, head of the Arab Boy Scout organization.

A joint appeal was issued by the executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, the Jewish National Council and the Tel Aviv municipality on behalf of sufferers from the disturbances. The appeal calls on the Jewish community to contribute to the relief drive, at the same time emphasizing that relief should be the duty of the Government.

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