Jerusalem (Aug. 4)
No extremist action against the government or ## British military forces took place during the last 24 hours, marking the first ##ceful day in Palestine since July 16, a government press release announced today.
On the other hand, a Haganah announcement tonight lists several attempts on the part of extremists to plant mines. The mines, which were dismantled by Haganah members without incident, were found in the vicinity of Nathanya. The Haganah also ?ists as one of its members Shmuel Lishona, a bank clerk, who was killed today in trying to prevent a robbery in Haifa.
The hold-up was carried out by eight Jews, including one woman, who invaded ##arclay’s Bank in the center of the city with drawn pistols and Sten guns. They took ##out $4,000 from a cashier’s table, but when they attempted to force the manager to #pen the vaults, he refused.As they fled in a stolen taxi, they dropped several pistols and a Sten gun. Lisbona gave chase and was shot in the stomach, dying in a hospital a short while later. Police found a suitcase with several hand grenades and a quantity of ammunition near the bank. The robbery took place shortly after noon. The escape car was found abandoned about ten minutes after the alarm was given.
LABORITES DETERMINED TO CHECK EXTREMISTS, EVEN AT COST OF BLOOD
Histadruth leaders today announced that they will do everything possible to carry out the anti-extremist plans drawn up last week by the Jewish Agency and the Jewish National Council, even “if it costs blood.”
A Jewish Agency spokesman today called on the government to take firm measures to and attacks by British troops and Palestine police against the Jewish population and to bring to justice the perpetrators. But the military authorities denied knowledge of any such incidents. The same spokesman emphasized that the decisions adopted by the Agency and the Jewish National Council last week to combat extremism will take the form of “actions not words.” He declined, however, to define the actions.
He also made public a message received by the National Council from a group of inhabitants of a Jewish DP camp in the British zone of Germany who thanked the Jews of Palestine for their efforts in hehalf of DP immigration and condemned the killing of two British soldiers by the Irgun.
The Haganah issued a statement last night warning the government to punish Britons responsible for attacks on innocent Jews and to take measures to prevent further riots, or the resistance movement would. At the same time the Sternists and Irgunists were distributing pamphlets in Tel Aviv calling on the Jewish youth to revolt against the Haganah and the national Jewish institutions which they accused of plotting a fratrioidal war. The Irgun also announced that it had not boody-trapped the bodies of the two hanged sergeants, but had left mines nearby “to hit the living enemy.”