JERUSALEM (Jul. 12)
Zionists pressed colonization activities today, establishing the fiftieth settlement since the beginning of the Palestine disturbances three years ago. The new colony, Bet Haffa, is south of Beer Tuvia, in southern Palestine.
Founding of the colony, which was accomplished with the usual secrecy made imperative by fear of Arab terrorism and Government disapproval, marked the sudden shifting of the front in the intensive Jewish colonization drive following issuance of the British Which Paper to the southeasternmost corner of the colonization area. The site of the new settlement is of the greatest strategic importance.
Sixty Zionist Youth Guards, assisted by more than 100 volunteers front all parts of Palestine, started work on the colony at two o’clock in the morning. Five hours later they had completed construction of the usual stockade, watchtower, barracks and fences.
The colony is located on 2,100 dunams (about 400 acres) recently purchased by the Jewish National Fund, which are suitable for intensive cultivation as well as for citriculture, despite salinity of the water.