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35 Arabs Killed in Haifa Bombing, 7 Jews Slain

July 26, 1938
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Arab-Jewish warfare flared with renewed fury today, bringing death to at least 35 Arabs and seven Jews in Haifa and other parts of Palestine and raising the July toll to an estimated 115 Arabs and 57 Jews killed and nearly 300 wounded.

Terror-torn Haifa was again the chief battleground. A terrific bomb explosion in a Kingsway market place killed 35 Arabs and wounded between 50 and 60 others. The bombing occurred in the same place where on July 6 a similar blast resulted in the death of 23 Arabs and five Jews and touched off country-wide disorders which continued throughout the month with scarcely a respite.

The Haifa blast was immediately followed by citywide Arab attacks on Jews and Jewish property in which four Jews were killed, one, Moshe Mizrachi, by shooting and the others by stoning — Dov Fleshel, 50; Reuben Yabur, 50, and Dov Ben-Moshe, 25 — And ten others were wounded. Arab moss put Jewish-owned property to the torch, looting shops and homes.

Daytime curfew was immediately imposed in the mixed quarters of Haifa and heavily armed British soldiers and marines cleared the streets with fixed bayonets. Although the city was tense, with troops patrolling all danger points, the situation was considered to be in hand. Arab circles charged the bombing was an act of reprisal by Zionist-Revisionists.

Three other Jews were killed today in Arab attacks in Tiberias, near Nazareth and kfar Yavetz in the Sharon Plain. Eight other Jews were wounded in the attacks.

Arabs ambushed a group of six Jewish workers on their way to work this morning in quarries on the outskirts of Tiberias. Jacob Matchulski, 24, a native of Rumania, was killed and Abraham abo was wounded. An accompanying special policeman succeeded in driving the Arabs off.

A truckload of Jewish workers was blown up by a land mine planted by terrorists near the settlement of Kfar Yavetz; in the Sharon Plain. Joseph Blitz, 24, a native of Germany, was killed. Jacob Berg, 23, was critically wounded and Mordecai Spector, 26, seriously injured. All were members of the Poale Mizrachi, religious laborite Zionist

A Jewish foot patrol was ambushed by an Arab band near Kfar Hahoresh, four miles from Nazareth. Ghaffir Fleischer was killed and two others wounded. Yesterday a taxi carrying American tourists from the liner Roma was fired upon near Atlith while returning from a sightseeing tour. There were no casualties.

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