JERUSALEM (May. 4)
The British Partition Commission was back in Jerusalem today after a swift tour taking them through the cities of Rehovoth, Migdal, Gaza, Beersheba and Hebron. Pressure on Arabs against cooperating with the commission continued. The mayor of Jaffa, one of the first cities visited on the tour, denied in a letter to an Arab newspaper that he had conferred with the commission.
Meanwhile, some sections of Jerusalem were beginning to feel the pinch of an Arab strike against British policy in Palestine. Vegetables could not be obtained in some Jewish shops, striking Arab growers being blamed.
A Jewish settler of the Karakur colony, Haim Sofer, 39 years old, was attacked and seriously injured by three Arabs while returning from the fields. His horses were stolen. Sofer was removed to Hadassah hospital in Haifa.
Terrorism continued in northern Palestine, marked by the assassination of an Arab in a Haifa cafe. The victim, Taha Ahmed Taha, was a relative of Sheikh Halil Taha, slain in Haifa last year, and the third member of the family to be killed by terrorists. His slaying was believed to be in reprisal for the death sentence passed by a military court yesterday on Abdulla Abu Juarra, who had been accused of killing Sheikh Taha and a fellow villager of Baka, but who was convicted for possession of an automatic.
An Arab sentenced last month for the murder of a Jew was hanged at Acre today. Two bombs exploded in Nablus, one of them breaking windows in the home of the Assistant District Commissioner.
Izzat Tannous, Arab Christian leader, left last night for London on a three-month propaganda tour of England to stimulate pro-Arab opinion.