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Palestine Colonization Pushed Despite Disorders; Citrus Shipping Begins

In the face of continuing violence that claimed the lives of three Jews, three Arabs and a British soldier, Jews today pushed colonization activities and the citrus shipping season was opened with dispatch of 18 fruit-laden vessels from the ports of Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Haifa.

The day saw two new settlements established by Jews. One was launched by 15 German Jews under leadership of Daniel Straus, a former member of the German Reichstag. Named Bnei Geulim (Children of Exiles), the colony is located near Kfar Yonah in the Sharon Valley. The second colony, Sharona, was established near Yavniel, south of Lake Tiberias, on 950 acres of land owned by the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association. Forty families immediately started construction of a watch tower, huts and a defense wall that will mount a 24-hour guard the colony is being financed partly by the association and partly by the Kofer Hayishub, Zionist redemption and defense fund, and other organizations.

Opening of the citrus season, which is expected to result in a diminution of terrorism since it takes many Arabs from the ranks of the idle, was marked by sailing of seven fruit ships from Tel Aviv, seven from Jaffa and four from Haifa.

An unidentified Jew was found shot to death this morning, clutching a Bible, near the Beit Vegan suburb of Jerusalem. A Jewish student of the Haifa Technicum, Mendel Dodik, died of wounds inflicted Nov. 14. Zvi Huberman, 22-year-old immigrant from Germany, died killed and six others wounded last night when a military patrol was ambushed by an Arab band near Latrun. Reinforcements and Royal Air Force planes engaged the band, inflicting several casualties and capturing five. Two Arab bomb makers were killed in Tulkarem this morning in an explosion that wrecked the house in which they were operating. Haifa was put under curfew following the killing by Arab terrorists last night of an Arab and the wounding of another.

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