Jerusalem (Jan. 13)
Police today were continuing their search for a hand of 50 to 70 Jews who yesterday held up and robbed a train of $140,000 at a deserted spot near the Jewish settlement of Hadera.
Immediately after the robbery, police and military contingents were rushed to the scene, and a curfew was imposed on the eastern part of Hadera and adjoining areas, excluding inhabited sections. A thorough search was conducted today and 17 Yemenite Jews in the Nachliel quarter of the settlement were detained for interrogation. The curfew was lifted later, except for the Nachliel section.
According to an official communique, about 70 Jews, including some women, attacked the train after it had been derailed by a land mine explosion. One group engaged the escorting policemen, while another forced British railway officials to surrender the payroll. The robbers, who were reported to have spoken English and Hebrew, seconded one British and one Arab policeman.
Twelve Jewish youths who were arrested on barges near Hertzlia, last November, on suspicion of having aided in landing “visaless” immigrants, were today informed that they will be held for another six months in the Latrun detention camp.
The Palestine Arabs medical association has appealed to Palestine Arabs to boycott Jewish doctors “since the Jewish medical profession is primarily interested in furthering Zionist aims.” It also urged Arab doctors not to prescribe Jewish manufactured pharmaceutical preparations.
The boycott will be a long term plan with no apparent results for at least six months. Ali Dajani, secretary of the Palestine Arab Chamber of Commerce, who is working out technical details, said, adding: “It will be applied by peaceful persuasion and no violence will be used to those disobeying the Arab League edict.” Dajani said that latest boycott moves by Arab economic experts include the formation of several new companies–with capital varying between $40,000 and $400,000 designed in the long run to free Palestine Arabs from dependence on Jewish industry.