JERUSALEM (Oct. 12)
A British soldier and eight Arabs were slain today as disorders went on in a holy land gripped by tension over the forthcoming announcement of British policy.
The soldier was killed and another was wounded in a battle near Walaja, southwest of Jerusalem, between an Arab rebel force and a military patrol aided by Royal Air Force planes. The Arabs sustained several casualties, according to an official communique.
Troops carried out their first important occupation of a place abandoned by the civil government. Troops of the Worcestershire regiment established billets in Bethlehem.
Sniping in the Jerusalem suburbs was resumed last night, with shots being fired into a home for the aged and an institute for the blind. Rabbi J.L. Fishman, a leader of the Mizrachi, was met with a hail of shots as he was taxying home from a meeting of the pales tine subcommittee of the Zionist General council. He crept out of the cab and crawled for a half hour along the road until he reached his Saccah (booth used during the Succoth festival).
The Jerusalem Military Court, without hearing the defense, acquitted Herman Josephsberg, who was arrested in Ramleh on July 26 when he caught a bomb hurled into a Jewish bus and threw it out into the street. Although his action probably saved the bus and its passengers, Josephsberg was jailed until sept. 19, at which time he was released on bail.