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Defense Hinders Colonies’ Work

Disorders continued in many parts of Palestine today, causing the death of an Arab bandit and serious injuries to a Jewish auxiliary policeman. Policeman Ephraim Neuberg, 21, who immigrated to Palestine from Germany 30 months ago, was surprised by Arabs, shot, stabbed and critically wounded while guarding a grove at the Ness Ziona colony.

With Haifa becoming quieter, unrest was rising in Jaffa. Several demonstrations were held in the Arab port city with agitators using women and children as shields. traffic between Jaffa and Tel Aviv was suspended. In Ramleh, Arabs stoned passing vehicles all morning, slightly injuring several persons, including Siegfried Hoofien, manager of the Anglo-Palestine Bank. A band attacked a Jewish vehicle en route to Safed, between Migoal and Tafeha. Troops arriving on the spot engaged the band, killing one.

Bands were roaming throughout the, Sharon plain, defying the authorities by sending fusillades of bullets into several Jewish colonies. Jewish settlers have been practically forced to abandon all work to defend the colonies. For example, Kfar Saba, with a population of 3,500, mobilized all adult males for 24-hour guard duty. After an appeal by the Jewish National Council to strengthen defense, 100 Tel Aviv youths presented themselves at City Hall as volunteers.

Troops surrounded the colony of Nathania, named after Nathan Straus, late New York philanthropist, at dawn, blocked roads and searched every house, without result. Mayor Oved Ben-Ami telegraphed a protest to the Government demanding more arms for the colony. Five Zionist-Revisionists were arrested in Jerusalem and interned in the Acre concentration camp.

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