Jerusalem (Aug. 12)
A number of clashes broke out between Jews and Arabs in the area of the boundary line between Tel Aviv and Jaffa today following a number of Arab attacks on Jews last night which resulted in three Jews killed. Four more Jews were attacked today and one, David Menachem, was killed in Tel Aviv.
Two of the Jews murdered last night were a couple who were strolling on the out-skirts of Tel Aviv. Their screams brought other Jews to the scene and one of the Arab attackers was wounded. Later, another Jew was found beaten and knifed to death.
A gang of Arabs late last night launched an attack on a veterans’ housing project on the outskirts of the Hatikvah quarter of Tel Aviv. They were driven off after several members of the gang were injured. An Arab robber band held up a bus-load of Jews on the Jerusalem-Jaffa road about five miles from the latter city and took all valuables and money in the possession of the Jews, but did not injure any of them.
Although informed Jewish circles admit the seriousness of the situation, they do not believe that the recent rash of incidents will lead to widespread Arab disturbances unless irresponsible Jewish elements attempt to avenge the Arab crimes. The same responsible quarters maintain that Jewish efforts must be concentrated on the fight for a Jewish state and the suppression of extremists.
A fifteen-minute alert was sounded in Jerusalem this afternoon after police headquarters was brought under heavy small arms fire. Troops and police answered with a concentrated barrage, but there were no casualties on either side.