800 Jews Begin Hunger Strike at Raffa Camp; Jewish Agency Protests Sdoth Yam Raid

More then 800 Jews detained at the Raffa detention camp today began a 36-hour hunger strike in protest against the delay in screening and releasing them.

The Jewish Agency today protested the use of the tremendous force of British troops which searched the tiny fishing village of Sdoth Yam yesterday and today. The Agency pointed out that the use of a force which numbered thirty soldiers for each settler including the children “seemed ridiculous” and was not commensurate with the results obtained. It added that such occurrences while negotiations were going on in London “were bound to arouse the Yishuv’s resentment.”

Meanwhile, the search at Sdoth Yam ended at 7 p.m. tonight. The British Army announced that one magnetic mine of the type used to blast a hole in the deportation vessel Empire Rival last week, was discovered in the village. However, the announcement pointed out that there was no explosive inside the mine case.

It was announced tonight that 50 of the 83 men, the entire rale population of the village, who were sent to the Raffa detention camp yesterday were released today. In addition to the 33 men held at Raffa, the two women sent to Latrun are still being detained.

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