5 Soldiers, 47 Arabs Slain in Battles; Terrorists Kill 2 German Jews

Five British soldiers, including three Royal Air Force pilots, and at least 47 Arab rebels were dead today following two sharp engagements yesterday near Kalkillia and Acre.

The Acre battle developed when a British column was ambushed. Reinforcements, aided by planes, routed the Arab band. The Arabs suffered 37 dead, according to an official communique, while British casualties totalled two soldiers killed and eight wounded.

The Kalkillia engagement followed explosion of a land mine set by Arabs. Three Royal Air Force pilots were killed when their plane crashed and five soldiers were wounded. At least ten terrorists were slain.

Terrorists killed two German Jews this morning. Hans Honiger, 70, was stabbed to death while cycling between Kfar Sirkin and Petach Tikvah. Aaron Anshel, 32, was killed while working in an orange grove near Raanana.

Jacob Meir, 50, member of a Jewish burial society, was shot and gravely wounded while walking near the Evalina de Rothschild School in Jerusalem.

After a 30 hour occupation of Nablus, 1,000 British troops left the Arab city. One contingent marched north while the other went south toward Jerusalem. Both were reported to have engaged Arab bands.

Curfew was imposed last night upon the entire stretch of road between Jerusalem and Nablus. An Arab policeman was slain when a bus going from the Lydda airport to Jaffa was fired upon.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency was reliably informed today that the question of the Jerusalem mayoralty–open since the exiling last year of Mayor Hussein Khalidi–has finally been decided, the Government having agreed to conditions set by Mustafa Bey Khalidi, a relative of the exiled mayor, for his acceptance of the post. Mustafa Bey, who refuses to confirm or deny the report, insisted that the election scheduled for late 1939 be cancelled and the mayoralty term be extended to five and a half years. Daniel Auster, a Jew, is at present acting mayor of the city, having acted in that capacity since Khalidi’s exile.

American High Commissioner Paul V. McNutt has been instructed by President Roosevelt to admit to the Philippine Islands 200 Jewish families, totalling 1,000 individuals, from Germany and Austria, it was learned here today.

Acting upon the information, the Manila Jewish Community immediately took steps for the absorption of 100 Jewish families. The Community will ask the Government to grant practice permits for 20 Jewish doctors and 25 doctors’ assistants. Grants of land for prospective agricultural immigrants will also be asked.

Immigrants will be selected by the HIAS-ICA, emigrant aid and colonization society, and the Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland, Jewish relief organization in Germany. They must be skilled laborers and are required to have 260 pesetas each.

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