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6 Arabs Killed in Continuing Disorders; 148 Jews Arrested

July 28, 1939
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Casualties and arrests mounted today in the three-sided conflict among British, Jews and Arabs. Six Arabs were slain and 148 Jews were arrested.

Following the murder of a Jewish settler, Michael Adin, at Menachamia near Kinereth, three Arabs were shot dead nearby. Their killing was officially attributed to Jews and subsequently three Tiberias Jews were detained for interrogation.

Government forces, pressing their drive against Jewish extremists, announced the arrest of 48 Zionist-Revisionists in Tel Aviv. In addition, police and troops last mid night raided southern Jewish towns, arresting 48 at Petach Tikvah, 34 at Rishon-le-Zion and 15 at Rehoboth, most of them farmers who are not Revisionists, and seizing licensed arms of the Petach Tikvah settlers and also the local council’s legal arms reserve.

Eighty Jews detained at Sarafand launched a hunger-strike in protest against the extension for six months of the sentence of the Jerusalem Revisionist, Israel Horvitz, who had just completed serving a one-year term.

Two Hebrew University chemistry students, Menachem Levi and Joshua Buchwald, went on trial before the Jerusalem Military Court. They had been arrested at the same time as Bernard Teitler, who last week was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, and were similarly charged with possession of explosives in their room in the Zichron Moshe quarter of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, British troops were reported to have killed three Arab rebels and wounded two others in sporadic clashes with the last two organized terrorist bands still holding out in Palestine. One band was said to include 200 rebels armed with modern weapons, fighting under the banner of the Arab Supreme Committee in the hill country north of Haifa. The second was said to comprise “El Khassam” raiders — fanatical tribesmen pledged to an undying holy war against the Jews — in the lowlands near Hebron.

The British Army today was scheduled to conduct large-scale military maneuvers in northern Palestine, using the most modern implements of war. The military authorities warned inhabitants of all Jewish colonies from Athlith to Yokneam not to work in the fields or travel during the maneuvers.

Lieut.-Gen. M.G.H. Barker arrived here yesterday to succeed Maj. Gen. Robert H. Haining as General Officer in Command of British forces in Palestine and Transjordan.

Saad Adin Khalali, member of the Jerusalem Municipal Council who is now in Syria, was replaced by Adel Effendi Jaber, by order of High Commissioner Harold A. MacMichael, after Arab members of the council had boycotted its meetings in support of their demand for replacement of the absent member.

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