JERUSALEM (Jul. 24)
The Government is taking strong precautionary measures to guard against what is regarded in informed circles as a possible last Arab outburst next Monday when Arabs observe the hundredth day of the general strike against Jewish immigration.
Action was spurred by widely circulated rumors that Arabs were planning to make the day one of revenge against the Government and Jews for the Large number of Arabs slain by troops since the disorders started April 19.
One Arab was killed and two others wounded by an Arab constable today. The constable was searching a group of Arabs when one of them opened fire at close range, wounding him.
Strong attacks against Jewish colonies, notably Gedera, Givat Ada and Gesher, were renewed. Large Arab bands that surrounded these colonies were routed after brisk battles. Those attacking Gesher fled toward the Transjordan, whence they had reportedly come.
Meier Dizengoff, mayor of Tel Aviv, today sent the following message broadcast throughout the world in connection with the bombing of a Jewish religious school in the all-Jewish city yesterday in which seven children were injured.
“Shaken to the depths of my soul, I appeal to enlightened public opinion the world over to express its abhorrence and reprobation at these foul crimes, and to call upon those responsible for the present violence in Palestine and their sympathizers abroad to put an end to the unparalleled murderous assaults on children, which are revolting to the feelings of civilized mankind and call for the condemnation of all decent men and women.”
The Jewish Teachers’ Association sent a letter to High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope declaring the outrage would not deter them from their task of constructive Palestine upbuilding. The association said it spoke in behalf of tens of thousands of school children.
Cables expressing the association’s indignation at the incident were sent yesterday to the Colonial Office in London and to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. They described the act as the “inhuman bombing of innocent schoolchildren.”
The Appeals Court in Jerusalem reserved judgment in the case of the Arab village of Gaza against the Government. Gaza recently won an injunction restraining the Government from collecting a $5,000 collective fine imposed on it in connection with the disorders.