438 Acts of Terrorism in 1937; 97 Killed

Public security in Palestine has been seriously disturbed by a campaign of murder, intimidation and sabotage conducted by Arab law-breakers, declares the British Government in its annual report to the League of Nations, published today.

The campaign was generally conducted through isolated murders, but last Autumn banditry was revived, the report says. The life of the country did not appear unduly affected, but at the end of the year, economic conditions seriously deteriorated. The Arab campaign on a few occasions provoked Jewish reprisals, the report states.

The report declares 438 case of terrorism were recorded in 1937 in which 97 persons were killed and 149 wounded. No rewards were claimed of the total of £26,200 offered by the police. A total of 1,572 illegal immigrants were sentenced during the year, among them 304 Jews.

Jewish affairs in Palestine were dominated by insecurity and uncertainty, the report declares. A slight improvement in the economic situation early in 1937 was not maintained. The Jewish Agency for Palestine successfully protested against a special limitation of immigrants of the Jewish race, and the Agency continued to cooperate with the authorities in the defense of Jewish settlements.

The report mentions that “Palestine Jewry lost an active and influential supporter by the death of Felix Warburg, who generously contributed to Zionist activities and the Hebrew University.”

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