JERUSALEM (Aug. 10)
Continuing terrorism resulted today in the death of a Jew, bringing to 15 the Jewish death toll since Aug. 1 and to 77 the number slain since July 1. Herzl Novik, 31, an immigrant from Poland, was killed when a truck carrying Jewish laborers to work near Hedera struck a land mine planted by terrorists and was wrecked. Other passengers on the truck escaped without injuries.
Minor anti-Jewish attacks were staged at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem this afternoon after a bomb, which failed to explode, was thrown in the vicinity. Arabs charged the bomb was thrown by a Jew.
Troops today surrounded the Arab city of Tulkarm, where terrorists on Monday had invaded the land registry office and escaped with documents and typewriters, lined up all adult males at the Government aerdrome and subjected them to an intensive, but fruitless, five-hour search.
After a three-day trial, the Jerusalem military court this morning acquitted Zion Joseph Marzuk, a Jew arrested on accusation of Arabs, without hearing his defense. He had been charged with bombing an Arab bus on July 4.
Charges against another Jew, Ezekial Kuka, in connection with the Jaffa Gate bombing in Jerusalem last month, were dropped. Kuka’s 11-year-old daughter, Rachel, however, must stand trial Aug. 22 for the bombing together with Eliahu Mishali, 17.
Zalmon Goldzweig, detained in the Tiberias Government Hospital since Monday on Arab accusations that he had thrown a bomb, was released. Goldzweig was wounded in a stone attack by Arabs that followed the bombing.
An Arab terrorist was killed, three others seriously wounded and four captured in a clash with troops and police last night in the vicinity of Ramat Havovesh, Sharon Valley colony recently the target of several Arab attacks. The Government forces suffered no casualties.
The Arab correspondent of Davar, Hebrew laborite daily, reports that it is reliably estimated that Arab terrorist bands have extorted not less than $35,000 from villages in the districts of Tulkarm, Nablus and Ramleh during the last few weeks. a terrorist leader named Frazek, who specialized in extortion, is reputed to have made a fortune.