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Balfour Forest on Fire; Sporadic Disorders Persist

FIRE BROKE OUT TODAY IN THE BALFOUR FOREST ON THE SLOPES OF THE HILLS OF NAZARETH — ONE OF THE LARGEST FORESTS IN PALESTINE. THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY ASCERTAINED.

A STRONG WIND HINDERED POLICE AND JEWISH SETTLERS FROM JEZREEL VALLEY COLONIES IN BATTLING THE BLAZE.

THE BALFOUR FOREST CONTAINS APPROXIMATELY A QUARTER OF A MILLION TREES, PRINCIPALLY PALESTINE PINE, EUCALYPTUS AND CYPRESS. THE TREES WERE PLANTED BY CHALUTZIM ON LAND OWNED BY THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND. THE DEDICATION WAS IN 1931, NOT LONG AFTER THE DEATH OF ARTHUR JAMES BALFOUR, WARTIME BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY AND AUTHOR OF THE JEWISH HOMELAND DECLARATION WHICH BEARS HIS NAME.

A BRITISH SOLDIER ATTACHED TO THE JERUSALEM GARRISON WAS IN A SERIOUS CONDITION TODAY AS A RESULT OF WOUNDS RECEIVED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES. A BOMB EXPLODED BEFORE THE HOME OF A JEWISH CONSTABLE IN SAFED. NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.

POLICE ARRESTED HAMED EFFENDI HUSSEINI, RELATIVE OF THE FUGITIVE MUFTI OF JERUSALEM AND FORMER HEAD OF THE ANTI-IMPERIALIST LEAGUE OF PALESTINE.

AN UNCONFIRMED REPORT SAID FRENCH POLICE IN SYRIA HAVE ARRESTED AN ARMENIAN WHO HAS ALLEGEDLY CONFESSED MURDERING LEWIS YELLAND ANDREWS, GALILEE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER WHOSE ASSASSINATION IN NAZARETH LAST MONTH CLIMAXED NEW ARAB DISORDERS AND RESULTED IN STRONG REPRESSIVE MEASURES AGAINST ARAB POLITICAL LEADERS.

PALESTINE AND TRANSJORDAN, ENGLISH-ARAB WEEKLY WHOSE EDITOR, FUAD SABA, HAS BEEN DEPORTED, WAS TODAY SUSPENDED FOR THREE MONTHS.

THE WEEKLY ALLEGEDLY CHARGED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S LATEST REPRESSIVE MEASURES WAS AIMED TO SILENCE THE VOICE OF THE ARABS AND CONDEMNED THE ADMINISTRATION’S “MISCHIEVOUS” PARTITION POLICY. ENGLAND, THE MAGAZINE DECLARED, WOULD SOON LOSE PALESTINE AS IT LOST IRELAND AND EGYPT.

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