JERUSALEM (Jul. 4)
Haifa experienced a 45-minute air raid early yesterday, which caused slight material damage, it was announced today. Anti-aircraft guns drove off the attackers, shooting down one plane.
Meanwhile, the chief of the Italian prisoners at a camp “somewhere in Palestine,” which was raided Tuesday by hostile aircraft, killing three and wounding 34 German officers and Italian noncoms, paid tribute to the guards, whose calm efficiency prevented panic in the camp during the raid, he said.
One huge crater in the camp itself proved that a large-caliber bomb narrowly missed inflicting enormous casualties. British officials pointed out that when the camp was opened, the Spanish consul, who is in charge of German and Italian interests, was informed of its whereabouts.
Meanwhile, the Jewish Agency and Jewish National Council issued a joint proclamation urging unmarried men between the ages of 20 and 30 to speed up enlistment in the armed forces. It was pointed out that the Palestine volunteer force and settlement police are scheduled to reach a total of 25,000, with special country-wide defense duties.
During June the Jewish National Fund obtained title to another area of about 3,500 dunams, of which half is situated in important North Huleh and other areas in the south and Sharon Valley, it was announced today. “This persistent activity of the J.N.F. strengthens the Yishub, enabling it to extend present settlements and prepare for fresh expansion,” it was said.
The official gazette announced a Government surplus of almost Â£570,000 for the fiscal year ending Feb. 28, with Â£7,026,734 income and Â£6,457,671 expenditures.