Jew Kidnapped in Jerusalem As Police Reign of Terror Continues; British Fear Reprisals
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Jew Kidnapped in Jerusalem As Police Reign of Terror Continues; British Fear Reprisals

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The kidnapping of a Jewish youth in Tel Aviv this morning and the attempted kidnapping of several Jews last night have highlighted the fact that the unofficial police reign of terror is continuing.

Meanwhile, in apparent fear of retaliation by Jews, Jerusalem District Commissioner J.H. Pollock warned British residents that further restrictions will be imposed unless they cease disregarding the rigid security measures already in force, which regulate their movements outside of fortified zones.

This morning, two uniformed English-speaking policemen entered a work shop on Rabbi Akiba Street in Tel Aviv, and asked the employees to show their identification papers. When Eliahu Span, 17, said he had left his papers at home, the policemen escorted him there, where he was arrested, although he produced a valid official identity card. When his parents went to police headquarters to seek information concerning the boy, they were told that no constables had been sent to the work shop and that there was no record of the youth’s arrest.

In Jerusalem last night, British policemen travalling in an armored car attempted to abduct Yehuda Ben Moshe, who was walking along David Street, in the Jewish section of the city. They were frightened off by the screams of a young woman who was with Ben Moshe.

Two youths were dragged into a police car in Tel Aviv last night and driven to the outskirts of the city where they were beaten up. One of the victims said that one policeman had threatened him with a gun, stating: “Now, we will pay you for all that has happened in Tel Aviv.”


The Agricultural Council of the Histadruth today protested against the recently promulgated Water Control Law, pointing out that it represented an extension of the White Paper land restrictions, and was aimed at hampering the Jewish agricultural development.

The Haganah today posted placards rejecting a pension which the British Government has announced it would give the survivors of Zeev Werber, 21, who was killed in frustrating an Irgun attempt to blow up military headquarters in Tel Aviv. “Werber was a victim of the non-cooperation with the White Paper regime, which bars our refugees and restricts their settlement,” the posters said. “He fell on a mission for the nation, and therefore his dependents are the concern of the Jewish nation alone.” The posters stressed that “there will not be any cooperation with this regime in the future.”

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