JERUSALEM (Mar. 21)
Palestine Jewry prepared today for a nation-wide day of prayer Monday in protest against the Government’s failure to prevent murders of Jews while new disorders kept tension high throughout the country.
The day of prayer was proclaimed by the chief rabbinate after Jewish organizations had rejected the idea of holding a one-day general strike.
A Jewish laborer, Dov Zemel, 30, of Poland, was fired on from a grove at Meshek Haotzar near Kfar Saba while loading a cart. He was wounded in the stomach and arm and removed to Hadassah hospital in Tel Aviv in serious condition.
One Druse was wounded and two others arrested in a clash between a band of Druses (Syrian Arabs) and police in the Acre district.
A fire on the Levant Fair grounds in Tel Aviv destroyed pavilions of the Women’s International Zionist Organization near the temporary port of the all-Jewish city. It was the second fire on the grounds in recent months. A previous fire of suspicious origin razed a labor sports stadium.
An apparent plot to precipitate a wholesale massacre of Jews in Jerusalem was nipped in the bud by an alert policeman. While Arab worshippers were entering the Mosque of Omar, a rumor was circulated among them that Jews had threatened to bomb the mosque when it was crowded.
Simultaneously a policeman stationed nearby noticed an Arab loiterer whose clothes bulged suspiciously. A search revealed two bombs. Police believed he was working in collusion with the rumor mongers and had planned to throw the bombs into the mosque’s courtyard while his confederates within aroused the assembled worshippers against the Jews.
The official Gazette published a proclamation by High Commissioner Sir Arthur Wauchope enforcing the Palestine defence order-in-council issued in 1936. The High Commissioner’s authority to delegate power to the officer commanding military forces in Palestine is retained.