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Jew Killed, 2 Wounded, 2 Kidnaped in Palestine

August 14, 1938
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One Jew was killed, two were wounded and two others were believed in the hands of kidnapers today as disorders which have kept Palestine tense for six weeks continued.

Joseph Mizrachi, 28-year-old vegetable dealer, was shot dead this morning in front of the Hotel Fast as he walked toward the Old City. His death raised to 16 the Jewish toll since Aug. I and to 78 the number slain since July 1.

A watchman named Ben Zeev, employed on Jewish National Fund lands in Kiriat Haim in the Haifa Bay area, was believed in the hands of Arab terrorists after being missing since yesterday morning. Another Jew, Joshua Dubnow, was kidnaped by an Arab band near Jaffa yesterday. Dubnow, 36, was foreman of groves in the vicinity of Nathanya.

Joseph Israel, 17, was shot and seriously wounded last night near the Anglo-Palestine Bank in Jaffa. Moshe Grossfeld, 41, was seriously injured by a sniper as he drove a car through a mixed quarter in Haifa. At the same time a bomb was thrown into a nearby Jewish factory. No casualties were reported in the explosion.

Yesterday’s battle between 3,000 British troops and combined Arab bands in the “bloody triangle” area ended inconclusively, with the rebels retreating to their hideouts in the hills. A stray bullet in the engagement killed Ikhsan Bustbani, son of the famed Arab poet and scholar. He was given a great public funeral in Nablus today during a general work stoppage.

Troops engaged a small band near Migdal last night, killing three Arabs.

An Arab watchman carrying an unlicensed shotgun, a rifle and a Very gun was arrested by police investigating sniping at the Jewish colony of Ramat Hakovesh.

Palestine Jewry’s rabbinical leaders, meanwhile, conferred for more than an hour with High Commissioner Sir Harold Alfred MacMichael on important issues facing the country. The delegation included Dr. Isaac Herzog, Chief Rabbi of Palestine, and the chief rabbis of Tel Aviv, Haifa and Petach Tikvah.

David Ben Gurion, chairman of the Jerusalem executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, left for London where it is understood he will continue work being prepared by the Agency for the Partition Commission.

The Hebrew paper Haboker reported that Auni Bey Abdul Hadi, Arab leader in exile in Egypt, has broken off relations with Haj Aminal Husseini, ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, who is an exile in Syria. Auni Bey reportedly has accused the ex-Mufti of totalitarianism, of conducting terror against Arabs and of obstructing a Pan-Arab Congress planned for Cairo. The paper asserts that the fight between the two leaders has already resulted in dissension in Arab ranks.

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