JERUSALEM (Jun. 19)
Renewed tension gripped Palestine tonight following an early morning bombing in Haifa, in which 18 Arabs were killed and 24 others wounded, and violence in other parts of the Holy Land.
The Haifa blast, similar to one which took the lives of scores of Arabs in the northern port city last July, occurred at dawn in the Arab vegetable market. Six of the victims were women and three children, according to an official communique. Curfew was imposed by the authorities at 9 a.m. but was lifted seven hours later.
The bombing was followed by a stormy demonstration of Arab women and the stabbing of a Jew, Alfred Cohen, who was viewing the victims at the city morgue. An official communique said Cohen was stabbed by Arab women. He is in a serious condition.
The women’s demonstration concentrated at the German Consulate where demands were voiced for German intervention against the terrorists responsible. When the Consul refused to receive a delegation, the demonstrators announced that they would appeal directly to Chancellor Adolf Hitler of Germany.
Meanwhile, other bombings occurred in Hadar Hacarmel, a Haifa suburb, and in Jaffa. A telephone booth and underground telephone wires were destroyed in the former incident. Jaffa was put under curfew starting at two p.m. following throwing of a bomb into a group of Jewish workers in the boundary area and the hurling of two bombs at the Jaffa police station. No casualties were reported. A Jew named Abraham Zadik, 62, an immigrant from Germany, was shot and seriously wounded in Haifa last night.
A Jewish supernumerary, Yehuda Nissenman, 31, was gravely wounded today when attacked from ambush by Arabs in an orange grove at Ness Ziona.
Leading rabbis and a Jewish Agency representative visited the Assistant District Commissioner in Tiberias, delivering a protest regarding the incendiary fire which yesterday gutted the Ortorah Yeshiva and demanding security measures.