JERUSALEM (Aug. 20)
While four prominent Tiberias Jews were being taken to a Government concentration camp at Nazareth for undisclosed reasons, Arab disorders today claimed the lives of two more Jews, bringing the official Jewish death toll in the 18-week-old Arab rebellion to seventy.
Government figures revealed total deaths by violence since April 19 were 229, including 130 Moslems, six Christians, seventeen British soldiers (of whom six were accidentally killed) and six Arab policemen.
Arabs early today ambushed a Jewish-owned bus and convoy passing Ramleh, killing its Jewish driver, Hans Gruenwald, 23, formerly of Hamburg, Germany, and wounding three of the passengers.
Gruenwald was killed instantly by a rifle bullet. The driverless bus collided with the escorting military car, and overturned, causing injuries to three passengers, who were taken to the Hadassah Hospital at Tel Aviv by soldiers. The injured are David Sochacewski, 28; Eliahu Galach, 25, and Joshua Halperin, 38.
Gershon Mosheyov, who was wounded in an Arab attack on Kiriat Anavim August 18, died this morning.
The Government’s action against the four Tiberias Jewish leaders — the first of its kind since the Arab disorders started on April 19 — stirred deep resentment in Jewish circles.
The four are Mordechai Goldzweig, a wealthy fishery concessioner, Joseph Nachmani, of the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association, Joseph Abulafia, a merchant, and M. Guberman, a hotel keeper. The latter three have been ordered detained at Nazareth for one week. How long Mr. Goldzweig is to be held has not been ascertained.
Hebrew newspapers commented bitterly on the move, describing it as “political equilibrium” to satisfy the Arabs, scores of whose leaders have been imprisoned in the Government concentration camp at Sarafend. The Jewish Agency for Palestine intervened with Edward Keith-Roach, District Commissioner for the Northern District.
Scattered disorders continued, meanwhile, in various parts of the country. A Jewish special policeman, Jacob Goldblum, 35, was seriously injured when a police car was fired on from an Arab grove near Petach Tikvah.
Arabs from Lifta fired on newly-weds and wedding guests at Romema on the way home from the marriage ceremony. There were no casualties.
Arabs uprooted 1,400 vines at Beit Shlomo during the night. Troops searching Tulkarem discovered a gunpowder factory.
JEWS EVACUATE TIBERIAS
Jews today were evacuating the old quarter of Tiberias, ancient capital of Lower Galilee, following numerous bomb explosions there.
A band of twenty mounted Bedouins attacked a group of Jewish guards patrolling a colony near Petach Tikvah but retreated when the patrol returned their fire.
Arabs set fire to a pump and packing house owned by the firm of Rokach, Paskal and Moyal, one of the oldest operators of groves in Palestine.
The authorities assigned 180 special Jewish guards to patrol colonies in Samaria and Galilee. Eleven of 60 assigned to Galilee will patrol Jewish sections of Safed, where anti-Jewish attacks have recently been most violent.
Police were investigating charges by an Arab boy that two Jews shot to death an Arab watchman near Sarona.
An Arab woman was killed and an Arab seriously wounded by snipers who fired into the Mt. Carmel Sanatorium at Haifa.
A bomb explosion wounded an Arab worker near the Jaffa railway station. One Jew was arrested for an attempted demonstration.