Jerusalem (Feb. 5)
A party of armed Jews made an abortive attack on police headquarters at Safad at 3 o’clock this afternoon, police announced tonight. The raiders penetrated the grounds through a hole in the barbed-wire fence.
An Arab sentry challenged the attackers who replied with fire wounding the sentry. Several grenades were also thrown at the guards. Simultaneously, another group of attackers approached the police headquarters from the opposite side, but, according to a police communique, were also repelled. It was later discovered that the Mount Canaan – Rosh Pineh road nearby had been blocked and heavily mined. Two commando knives, two empty gun magazines and a locally made hand grenade were found on the scene.
Further surprise searches of houses in Jerusalem were carried out yesterday by police and troops. British engineers – part of the garrison of 7,000 to 8,000 troops now in the Jerusalem area – have completed fortification of Government buildings and military sites.
The Arab Press Service today carries a statement from Beirut by Jamel Husseini, the exiled Arab leader, who has been granted permission to return to Palestine, in which he says that the decisions of the Anglo-American inquiry committee will not be accepted by the Arabs.
Declaring that “the Arab world will never accept any solution of the Palestine problem less than the White Paper,” the Arab leader also demanded the return to Palestine of the former Mufti of Jerusalem who is now interned in France as a Hitler collaborator.