JERUSALEM (Oct. 17)
Reliable quarters reported today that partition has been abandoned for a new plan which would transform pales tine into a federation of four cantons, and also predicted that martial law would be proclaimed in pales tine after Wednesday’s meeting of the British Cabinet.
Under the plan being considered, these quarters said, the four cantons would be established on ethnographic lines and would enjoy local autonomy in internal affairs, such as policing. The central government in Jerusalem would administer inter-cantonal and international affairs, such as currency and customs.
a legislative body representing the cantons would be established, its acts subject to veto of the british high commissioner, under this plan. the mandate would remain in force and Britain would retain a military establishment in each canton. Every canton would govern its immigration independently.
Martial law will be declared, it was reported, in a final effort to quell the Arab uprising before the Palestine Partition Commission issues its report at the end of October. Military authorities were reported making preparations for transformation of some police stations in Haifa into military billets.
These reports came in the wake of another day of disorders in which three Jews were killed, an unsuccessful attempt was made to assassinate two british police officials and several other persons were wounded.
Two Jews were killed and six were wounded when members of the northern settlement, Kvutzat Haluta near Yessod Hamalleh, who were in a motorboat on the Jordan River were fired upon from both banks. The colonists replied to the gunfire, reportedly inflicting casualties on the attackers.
The Jewish casualties were David Tabori of Kfar Giladi and Baruch Diamond of Baluta, slain; Amichai Lishinsky, 19, dangerously wounded; Arieh Lachman, 31, severely injured, and Simon Nissanov, 19, Jacob Alphasi, 29, Benjamin Kacholi, 18, and David Mizrachi, 24, seriously wounded.
The third Jewish fatality was Aaron Karmi, 38, a Hungarian-born foreman of the English contracting company, Mitchel & Rollins, who was killed in his office on the construction job near Beth Safa, where a government hospital is being erected. he left a widow and two children.
In Jerusalem, with the Old City quarter already under a 24-hour curfew because of terrorism, arab s fired on Aubrey silver, Assistant police Chief, and sergeant magil, head of the Jaffa gate police post. neither was hit. tonight curfew from Il p.m. to 5 a.m. was extended to the whole city. Terrorists shot and seriously wounded Abou Raaf Mashanti, brother of the editor of Ad Difaa, Arabic newspaper. He was taken to Hadassah hospital in Tel Aviv.