JERUSALEM (Jul. 10)
One Jew was killed, four British soldiers wounded and five civilians injured today in an ambush of a bus and clashes between troops and Arab rebels.
A band firing on a bus convoy near Nur-el-Shem en route to Tel Aviv from Haifa killed a Jew, wounded two soldiers and slightly injured five passengers.
The first shot wounded the driver of one of the vehicles. As he lost control, the car hurtled down an incline. A military patrol wirelessed headquarters, bringing strong reinforcements to the scene.
Sharp skirmishes between troops and rebels were fought at Mount Canaan, the village of Muzeir and along the Migdal-Lydda railway.
A sergeant was wounded when Arabs fired on a military patrol near Muzeir. A private was injured in a clash between Migdal and Lydda when troops discovered a band of armed Arabs attempting to destroy sections of a railroad with explosives.
Troops pursued Arabs after a sharp engagement at Mount Canaan that began with the ambuscade of a military patrol removing a barricade from a road. Another patrol was fired on along the Jenin-Silat el Dar railway.
David Ben-Gurion, chairman of the Palestine Executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, left for London by airplane today to confer with British Government officials and Jewish leaders. He had just returned from England.
Arabs today attacked the Jewish colony of Neve Jacob near Jerusalem for the seventh time in the current disorders, pouring a hail of fire into the settlement from three sides.
Watchmen and special police held off the attackers for forty minutes until troops arrived from Ramallah. The reinforcements engaged the invaders in a half-hour battle.
Another attack was launched against Ekron from two sides, while Arabs uprooted nearby trees. Police from Rehoboth and local guards beat off the invaders.
An acre of trees was burned down at the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association forest near Birkat Batiach. An earlier attempt at arson by Arabs who threw oil-soaked burning rags from a railway train failed.
The Arab Supreme Committee adopted a resolution protesting against the behavior of military forces in conducting searches of Arabs’ premises for arms and explosives. The committee also objected to “Jewish armament in the form of supernumeraries.”
Troops seeking a band of Arabs who ambushed a bus near Motza, killing one Jew and wounding five others, arrested six near Ain Kerem.
Dr. Hussein Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, last night declared to reporters in behalf of himself and the Arab Supreme Committee that the Arabs would not halt their general strike until demands for stoppage of immigration and sale of land to Jews were fulfilled.
He added that the Arabs would not accept temporary stoppage of immigration or any form of compromise.