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Palestine Presses Drive on Arab Bandits; New Violence in Jerusalem

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PRESSING ITS DRIVE TO STAMP OUT ARAB TERRORISM, WHICH IS CONTINUING SPORADICALLY, THE AUTHORITIES TODAY ENFORCED A TWELVE-HOUR CURFEW IN THE OLD CITY, 24-HOUR CURFEW IN LYDDA, ROUNDED UP A NUMBER OF TERRORIST SUSPECTS AND PREPARED TO ERECT A METER-HIGH WALL AROUND THE AIRPORT AT LYDDA TO PROTECT SOLDIERS IN AN EMERGENCY.

NEW VIOLENCE MEANWHILE BROKE OUT IN THE CENTER OF JERUSALEM, RESULTING IN GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO TWO JEWS, AND AN ARAB. HIDDEN BEHIND THE CORNER OF A HOUSE NEAR THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER’S OFFICES, AN ARAB GUNMAN FIRED A VOLLEY AT ONE RAPHAEL LAMDER. A BULLET ALSO STRUCK AND SERIOUSLY WOUNDED AN ARAB. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE SHOOTING OCCURRED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, WITH THE STREETS CROWDED, THE GUNMAN MADE GOOD HIS ESCAPE.

A JEWISH WORKER, MENACHEM BEN-RUBI, 25 YEARS OLD, WAS SLIGHTLY INJURED YESTERDAY WHEN AN ARAB FIRED SIX SHOTS AT A TRUCK CARRYING LABORERS FROM A CONSTRUCTION JOB NEAR THE NABLUS GATE, OPPOSITE THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

THE VICINITY OF JERUSALEM HAS APPARENTLY BECOME THE CENTER OF A BAND OPERATING BETWEEN HEBRON AND BEERSHEBA. SEVERAL ARABS ARRESTED HERE IN CONNECTION WITH THE KILLING OF ALAN ALKOWITZ IN THE OLD CITY FRIDAY EVENING AS HE WAS RETURNING FROM THE WALLING WALL, AND WITH THE AMBUSH OF A PALESTINE POTASH COMPANY CONVOY TUESDAY, DURING WHICH ANOTHER JEW WAS KILLED, ARE REPORTED TO HAVE CONFESSED PARTICIPATING IN THIS BAND’S DEPREDATIONS. ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS, THE BAND IS LED BY, AND HAS THE SUPPORT OF SYRIAN ARABS.

THE OLD CITY HAS BEEN PUT UNDER A 12-HOUR CURFEW IN PUNISHMENT FOR THE ALKOWITZ KILLING. LYDDA IS UNDER A 24-HOUR CURFEW FOR THE WOUNDING OF AN ARAB POLICE SERGEANT FRIDAY.

UNDER ORDERS OF THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, FUNERAL SERVICES FOR ALKOWITZ WERE HELD LAST NIGHT. DESPITE A HEAVY DOWNPOUR, THOUSANDS PARTICIPATED.

FALASTIN, CHRISTIAN ARAB DAILY, REPORTS FROM BEIRUT THAT FRENCH HIGH COMMISSIONER DE MARTEL HAS ORDERED FUGITIVE PALESTINE ARAB LEADERS TO QUIT SYRIA WITHIN A WEEK.

FOLLOWING CRITICISM OF CONDITIONS AT LYDDA, BY MAJOR-GENERAL WAVELL, BRITISH COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, THE AUTHORITIES PREPARED TO CONSTRUCT A METER-HIGH WALL AROUND THE AIRPORT FOR THE PROTECTION OF TROOPS IN AN EMERGENCY.

ARABS EMPLOYED FOR MILITARY PURPOSES WERE NOTIFIED TODAY THAT, STARTING TOMORROW, THEY WILL BE DISCHARGED UNLESS THEY CAN PRODUCE POLICE CERTIFICATES OF GOOD CHARACTER.

POLICE RAIDED AN ARAB CLUB AT HAIFA THIS MORNING, CONFISCATING 1,500 PINS BEARING A PICTURE OF THE FUGITIVE MUFTI OF JERUSALEM.

DISPATCH OF 3,000 TROOPS TO THE NABLUS AREA ON FRIDAY, IT WAS LEARNED, WAS CAUSED BY A REPORT THAT ARAB BANDS NUMBERING SEVERAL HUNDRED HAD FILTERED IN FROM TRANSJORDAN.

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