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Blast Cuts Jerusalem Rail Line, Derails Engines and Freight Cars; No Arrests Made

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The explosion of a land mine early this morning tore up 60 feet of track and derailed two engines and a number of freight cars several miles out of Jerusalem on the road to Battir. No casualties were suffered.

Police searched several areas of the city minutely today using bloodhounds who followed tracks leading from the site of the explosion. However, no clues were found and no arrests made.

In the Haifa area only one incident was reported. A small bomb was thrown into a jeep last night on a bridge leading out of the port city. The damage was slight and no one was injured.

Sternist pamphlets distributed in Tel Aviv last night and in Jerusalem this morning warned British soldiers and policemen that they were liable to be shot if they appeared on the streets and roads of “our country” with arms. Placing responsibility for the death of refugees and unarmed Jews and the terrorizing of the Jewish populace on all British soldiers and policemen, the pamphlet declared that the Jews will not remain at the “mercy of outrageous and armed enemy soldiery.”

Three Jewish youths were today sentenced to six years imprisonment by a military court, following their conviction on a charge of illegally possessing arms. The three, Itzhak Wilenczik, Chayim Wasserman and Joseph Rosenzweig, residents of Nathanya, were captured in an orange grove at Pardess Hanna, near Haifa, where, the police allege, they were drilling.

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