JERUSALEM (Sep. 11)
Hebrew newspapers today reported that a state of emergency, not martial law, will be proclaimed in the rebel-infested areas of the Holy Land pending the arrival of Lieut. Gen. J.G. Dill to take command of all British forces here. The report could not be confirmed in official quarters.
Arabs at Rehoboth early today shot to death two Yemenite Jewish laborers. The victims, Zecharya Habder and Zadik Melichin, were “put on the spot” by the killers who, posing as friends, called them from their work by name.
Ness Ziona was the target of concentrated Arab sniping during the night.
Four Arabs were arrested when a cart they were taking through Jaffa was discovered loaded with Mills bombs and dynamite.
An official communique on Wednesday’s battle near Nahariah reported that 29 Arabs were killed and nine wounded.
Meanwhile three Arab leaders, the Grand Mufti, former Jerusalem mayor Ragheb bey Nashashibi and Auni bey Abdul Hadi, were in constant touch with High Commissioner Sir Arthur Wauchope. Sir Arthur is reported firmly insisting on their calling off the general strike with no concessions.
Making a final effort to bring peace into this strife-torn land, the High Commissioner invited to his offices the Arab Supreme Committee in a body to present the government’s final warning against continuance of the strike. The invitation followed previous individual conferences with the Arab leaders that have proved fruitless.
El Islamia, organ of the Arab rebel bands, was suspended by the authorities for a fortnight.