2 Jews Killed in Arab Attacks, Troops Clash with Band
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2 Jews Killed in Arab Attacks, Troops Clash with Band

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Two Jews were killed today in Arab attacks, while British troops engaged an Arab band, killing one and wounding several of the terrorists. The troops engaged the band near Katabi village in the vicinity of Nablus. The band fled, leaving behind its slain member and carrying off the wounded.

Aaron Erd, 22 years old, a Jewish colonist who came from Germany two years ago, was killed early today in a strong Arab attack on the communal settlement of Kibbutz Hakovesh, near Kfar Saba. Jacob Morgenstern, 34, Jewish foreman of a group of Arab workers proceeding to repair a dynamited railway bridge between Kalkillia and Tulkarem, was fired upon and fatally wounded. The assailants, two mounted Arabs, escaped. He leaves a wife and two children.

Because of the constant raids on railroads, the Government enlisted part of the hitherto unutilized 700 Jewish auxiliary policemen trained last year by the Jewish Agency with the assistance of British army instructors.

The Government acted to combat sabotage of the barbed-wire barricade being built along the northern frontier by announcing that the emergency regulations, violation of which may involve the death penalty, are applied to damaging the fence. The amendment announced in the official gazette also forbids crossing the frontier except at gates which will be provided. Offenses will be tried by military courts.

The prominent Arab physician, Dr. Majid Khoury, was shot and critically wounded by an Arab in a Haifa bazaar. A terrorist entered a shop where Dr. Khoury was visiting, asked for him and then fired at him. The assailant and an accomplice escaped. A band looted the Kubu village near Jerusalem, kidnaping the son of the Mukhtar (local chieftain).

The Palestine Jewish National Council decided at a closed meeting to be represented before Britain’s Palestine Partition Commission. The council empowered its executive committee to formulate a final draft of its memorandum to the commission.

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