JERUSALEM (Jul. 1)
Arab leaders launched a foodless, sleepless strike at a Government concentration camp at Sarafend today while disorders continuing in their eleventh week claimed their forty-third Jewish victim.
The ten-week-old general strike gave signs of ending when Jaffa Arab merchants appealed to Jews to return, promising to rent them houses, flats and shops and guard them against attacks.
Prominent Arab merchants approached Jewish firms in Tel Aviv for loans, credit and mortgages on buildings and groves.
Arab chiefs imprisoned at Sarafend refused preferred food and mattresses reportedly on the ground that a number of them had been transferred to another concentration camp.
Itzchak Glaeser, a native Palestinian, died at a Jewish settlement at Hedera of wounds suffered in defending the colony against an Arab attack. More than 140 Arabs, Christians and Jews have been killed since April 15.
Attacks on Government forces, raids on Jewish settlements, sabotage, bombing and guerilla warfare continued throughout the country.
Police reinforced by troops beat off an attack on the Jewish Kadoorie School at Mount Tabor which had started at 2 o’clock this morning with the firing of a volley of bullets into the building.
Several Arabs were wounded by machine-gun fire when a large band attacked a military patrol near Ummelfahm. Arabs also suffered several casualties in two attacks on a railway patrol near Beisan.
Shots were fired near the Safed police station, police and troops replying. A police patrol was fired on by snipers at Rachel’s tomb near Ramat Rachel. Shooting was reported at Kyriat Anavim.
Arabs cut railway telephone lines near Yabne. A fire that broke out in a store in Jerusalem’s commercial center caused considerable damage. Trees were burned down at a Jewish cemetery in Hebron.
Eight Arabs were arrested in Haifa for throwing a bomb at a police station. Police searching their homes discovered a bomb. Collective fines were imposed on the Arab villages of Cininim and Ras-el-Nakura. Two Arabs confessed shooting a Jewish watchman at the Boureika colony, producing the gun used in the attack.
An Arab was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for setting fire to crops near the American Jewish colony of Raanana.