9 Killed, 22 Wounded in Palestine Outburst; Curfew in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Safed
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9 Killed, 22 Wounded in Palestine Outburst; Curfew in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Safed

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Nine Arabs were killed today, 13 others were wounded and nine Jews were injured in a wave of violence that caused the Palestine Government to impose drastic curfews.

At the same time, the Government Press Officer, acting under the censorship power granted by the emergency regulations, prohibited publications from reporting police and military action in the acre and Safed subdistrict, attempts to damage the northern frontier barbed-wire barricade or news of the progress of construction of the barricade. foreign newspapers may be barred from Palestine for carrying such reports.

Curfew from seven P.M. to six A.M. was proclaimed in Jerusalem, where terrorism had flared early this morning, causing a toll of five Arabs killed and nine wounded. A bomb was thrown into an Arab bus on the Jaffa Road, accounting for the five killed and seven of the wounded. simultaneously, shots were fired on king george Avenue, seriously wounding two Arabs. Others were slightly injured. Two Jewish youths were arrested.

Twenty-four-hour curfew was clamped down on the boundary area between Tel Aviv and Jaffa after four Arabs had been killed and four others wounded in three bomb explosions. Arab crowds from Jaffa were moving toward the Tel Aviv boundary, where heavy detachments of troops and police were concentrated.

The Tel Aviv violence began when two bombs exploded in the Manshieh quarter, killing two Arabs and wounding three. A third bomb exploded on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa road, killing two Arabs and wounding one. Launching swift reprisals, Arabs seriously wounded Miriam Cohen, 50-year-old Jewish woman, in a bomb attack. Arieh Nala, 40, was stabbed and seriously wounded. Pinchas Mizrachi was seriously injured by stones. A Jew and a British Constable were Injured When a bus and a taxicab were fired upon near Lubiya. Other Bombs exploded without effect at various points. One Arab was arrested and three Jews were Detained. In Addition, 30 Jews Inhabiting the boundary quarter, including Yemenite street-cleaners Long Objects Of Arab Hostility, were Detained on Charges Preferred by Arabs. Fifteen Arabs were also detained.

Shops in Jaffa were shuttered as a complete general strike held sway in the Arab seaport. a strike demonstration in Safed, headed by the mayor, launched in protest against troop actions in neighboring villages, caused the authorities to impose a 22-hour curfew in the Arab section of the town.

In Tiberias, a bomb was thrown into the courtyard of a house in the Old City quarter, seriously wounded Eliahu Sangari, 70-year-old jew, his 60-year-old wife, Rachel, and a 13-year-old boy, David Segalovitch. The Faradiya government experimental station, to which former High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope had contributed considerable sums, was completely destroyed by a band of 70. A band made a daring raid on the Tulkarem police storeroom, disarming 22 police, stealing 17 rifles, 2,700 rounds of ammunition, 20 uniforms and a searchlight.

Yesterday, a Jewish settler at Meir Shefeyah, Nahum Wisefish, 40, was killed while on the way to buy milk from arab farmers. He was born in jerusalem. a jew, Meir Laks, was slightly injured when a bus was fired upon near Kibutz Afakim. The Hebrew paper, Hatzofeh, was suspended for two weeks by the authorities for an editorial on the execution of Shlomo Ben Josef.

Self-restraint is the greatest achievement of Palestine’s Jewish youth, Dr. Judah L. Magnes, president of the Hebrew University, declared in laying the cornerstone for the $150,000 Central Building of the university. Other speakers were Menachem M. Ussishkin, world president of the Jewish National Fund, and charles Rosenbloom, of Pittsburgh, son of the donor of the building, Sol Rosenbloom.

The Jewish toll rose tonight when Abraham Tornheim, 30, who was born in Motza, near Jerusalem, was shot and critically wounded by an Arab while watering cows outside the colony.

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