JERUSALEM (Jul. 5)
While preparations to end the eleven-week old general strike were reported in full swing today, three Jews were wounded, one Arab killed and another three believed wounded in continued disorders against the Government and the Jews.
The Arab chamber of commerce, the Arab Supreme Committee and prominent Arab merchants are understood to be planning to draft at a special meeting tomorrow the text of a statement appealing to the Arabs to halt the strike against the Jews and the Government.
The statement is to embody a new political program setting forth that the Arab nation has passed its test and not retreated when called on to make sacrifices, but that new political tactics have become necessary to gain their ends.
One Arab was killed and three reported wounded when police replied to a band firing on military billets at Hebron.
Three Polish Jews, Dov Schmidt, and the Kuperman brothers, were wounded in a bomb explosion yesterday while walking to work through the Meah Shearim quarter of Jerusalem.
Government forces continued their determined drive against terrorists, arresting twenty Arabs who unsuccessfully attempted to damage the Auija bridge. Five Arabs were seized at other points, two for complicity in an Arab watchman’s murder, one for carrying a revolver and two in connection with a bombing at Bait Vegan.
ATTACK ON HULDA REPULSED
Government forces today beat off the first attack in the current disorders against Hulda, the Jewish colony near Hartov which was destroyed in the anti-Jewish disorders of 1929 after a heroic defense and later rebuilt. Local guards held off the invaders for five hours until machine-gun detachments arrived and repulsed the band.
Arabs attempted for a half hour to uproot trees in groves at Rehoboth under cover of heavy sniping, but were beaten off by special police and reinforcements.
The Jewish settlement of Ramat Rachel near Jerusalem passed its fifth day without water today as a result of damage to pipes from the Bible-famed Solomon’s pools.
Two automobiles were destroyed by fire in the Germany colony of Jerusalem.
Four bombings occurred at Haifa and in the vicinity of Nablus with no damage reported.
The Palestine Broadcasting System announced today it would not broadcast the usual daily official news communique until tomorrow.
A quantity of ammunition was found in a search of the Adjami quarter of Jaffa.
TROOPS ENGAGE ARABS AT FRONTIER
Government forces yesterday engaged a small band of Arabs at the Transjordan frontier, arresting one with a rifle and revolver in his possession.
Two bombs were thrown at the Tel Aviv boundary. Another exploded at Vadi Salim without causing damage. Mounted police patrols near Jenin Samake and Afuleh exchanged shots with Arabs. No casualties were reported. Ten dunams of eucalyptus trees owned by the PICA were burned down at Hedera. An official communique said the fire was caused by a passing engine.
An Arab charged another Arab with using a revolver to intimidate him Both were arrested.
A bomb exploded yesterday on a railway track between Tulkarem and Kalkillia. Rail traffic was not interrupted.
Four Arabs of Bethlehem were arrested in connection with shooting in the vicinity of Jerusalem.
Four demonstrators were seized when a crowd of Arabs staged a march on the police station at Beer Sheba, climaxing it with a barrage of stones that broke three windows.
Two Arabs were arrested near Beer Sheba with guns in their possession. Two others were apprehended near Beit Surik, near Jerusalem, one of whom was caught in the act of digging up a rifle he had buried for future use.
FORTY-FOURTH JEW DIES
A Jewish watchman, Shalom Smuelwitz, died at Hadassah Hospital in Haifa of wounds suffered while defending the colony Zichron Jacob from an Arab attack on June 29. He was the forty-fourth Jewish victim of current disorders.
Two attempts to blow up a railway bridge near Gaza were reported number of sleeping cars were bombed. Patrols investigating the explosions were fired on but suffered no casualties.
It was learned that the Arab Supreme Committee has received a letter from Riad Solach, prominent member of the Syrian delegation to Paris, calling on it to discontinue the general strike and its accompanying terrorism.
The last hut in the colony of Irgun Menachem, half way between Rehoboth and Beer Tuvia, was destroyed by fire. The hut had served as kitchen and dining room for the colony, which was established only six months ago. All the other huts have been destroyed by fire set by Arab terrorists.
Shlomo Busoni was acquitted in a Tel Aviv court of charges that he set fire to an Arab house in Jaffa at the beginning of the disturbances.
END STRIKE AT CONCENTRATION CAMP
Meanwhile it was learned that Arab leaders held in the Government concentration camp at Sarafand abandoned their hunger strike. The authorities were understood to have agreed not to separate the Arabs into two camps, an intention which is reported to have precipitated the hunger strike.
British troops and police repelled attacks on the colonies of Beer Yacob and Shechunat Moledeth. The latter is near Tel Aviv.
An Arab mob at Hebron attacked a military guard taking an Arab to prison for carrying a rifle and ammunition. It succeeded in freeing the prisoner.
Five horses of an Arab vegetable transport en route to Hedera were shot dead by marauders. The horses were being led by Arab peasants. The attackers evidently exercised care not to shoot the peasants.
An Arab was believed wounded Thursday night when special policemen replied to marauders firing on Jerusalem. The Arabs shot at the water reservoirs at Upper Romema. Gunfire was also reported in the Kerem Abraam and Sanedria quarters.
Judge Copland in Jaffa District Court meted out an eight-year prison sentence to an Arab convicted of burning Jewish crops at Rishpun colony. He emphasized that the severe sentence was imposed to discourage the spread of arson and crime throughout the country.