JERUSALEM (Jul. 7)
One Jew was killed and eight Jews and four Britons wounded today in a new outbreak of Arab violence that sent the death toll in eleven weeks of disorders to nearly 150. Forty-five Jews have been killed.
An official investigation was launched into the death of Eliahu Said, 20, of Beirut, Syria, this morning on the road between Hatikvah and Tel Aviv by an Arab’s bullet fired from an orange grove. A strong military detachment under Major Hearington carefully searched the neighborhood and the nearby Manshieh quarter of Jaffa.
Two Jewish policemen, three Jewish refugees from Jaffa and three other Jews were injured in a bomb explosion at a police station in the Neve Shanaan quarter of Jerusalem. They were removed to Hadassah hospital.
The injured policemen are Yehuda Lachman and Asher Bengen. The refugees are Chaim Osheroff, Zev Gold and Abram Zinoff, a child. The others are Jacob Astrog, Haim Amati and Zevi Dagaiev.
A British army officer and private were wounded when rebels ambushed a convoy en route from Tulkarem to Nablus. Two British constables were injured when an armored car turned over near the Jewish settlement of Petach Tikvah.
Jewish vintners working at Tel Josef were heavily fired on by Arabs in the Gilboa hills. Special policemen replied, driving off the attackers. The workers resumed their activity under a police guard.
Tension grew in Jaffa today as reports were spread that peasants were massing to march to the city from the countryside. Members of the Arab Strike Committee intensified their propaganda, warning Arabs not to resume work. Jewish settlements south of Jaffa appealed to police for protection.
Egyptian laborers were busy cleaning up debris in the Old City quarter of Jaffa where army engineers had demolished condemned houses to build roads to the harbor.
A demonstration of Arab children was dispersed by the police.
Soldiers replied to shots fired at the Ain Charod settlement. No casualties were reported. Sniping occurred in the vicinity of Jerusalem, including Kalandia, at the Bait Vegan police station and the Bet Dajan police post.
A bomb exploded at the Maspero International Cigarette Factory in the Jaffa-Tel Aviv area without causing damage. Two bombs went off in Jaffa, injuring no one. An Arab grocer was arrested after a bomb explosion near the Anglo-Palestine Bank in Jaffa which caused no damage.
Two heavily-armed Bedouins were arrested near Ramleh. Two members of the crew of the Polish liner Polonia were arrested at the Haifa customs house for possessing automatic revolvers.
Three Arabs accused of murdering Israel Chazan, 70, a Greek Jew — the first Jew to die in the current disorders and whose funeral was made the occasion for demonstrations in Tel Aviv — were freed for lack of evidence. One of them was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment for possessing a revolver.
Hassan Sidky el Dajany and Selach Abdou, leaders of the Arab strike, were brought from a concentration camp to a Jerusalem court and fined fifty shillings each for resisting police who arrested them in May.
High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope decided to nominate a committee representing the District Commissioner, the Tel Aviv municipality and the Jewish National Council to consider the problem of Jewish refugees quartered in Tel Aviv.
He took this action after a lengthy interview with Moshe Shertok, of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, who pointed out that the care of refugees was a government duty.