Arabs Shell Jewish Positions in Jerusalem; Guerrillas Blow Up City’s Power Station

Egyptian troops this morning and last night shelled four Jewish suburbs on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem, including Talpioth and Arnona, an official Israeli communique accounced today.

Talpioth and Arnona are adjacent to the contested Red Cross enclave in which are situated the Jewish agricultural school, which was attacked by the Arabs several times this week, the Arab College and the former Mandatory’s Government House. The communique revealed that Arab Legion troops dropped artillery shells on Jewish positions near Abu Tor and the Beit Israel quarter. Israeli troops returned the fire.

(The Reuter news Agency reported from Amman today that Jerusalem’s electric power station had been blown up last night, allegedly by Arab irregulars.)

The Jewish Community Council of Jerusalem has informed Dr. Bernard Joseph, Israeli military governor, that it will accept the authority of the Israeli Government. At the same time, a Council delegation proposed that elections for the new Jerusalem municipality be held at the same time as the forthcoming Israeli national elections.

Isaac Ben Zvi, president of the Jewish National Council, today stated that the Jerusalem Jews resented their city being termed a “military occupied area” and their having a military governor. Ben Zvi demanded that the city be proclaimed Israel’s capital, adding that there is no other solution for Jerusalem.

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