Two attempts on the life of Pierre Van Paassen, American newspaper correspondent who came to Palestine to report on the Paletine situation as the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, were made before his departure several days ago, for Egypt, it is revealed here today.
One attempt was made on the Hebron-Jerusalem road when Mr. Van Paassen was traveling in the company of the correspondent of the “Berliner Tageblatt.” The other was on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road. In both instances shots were fired, the bullets barely missing him. The chauffeur of the car in which he was riding was scratched by one of the bullets. Anonymous messages declaring: “You will not leave the country alive,” were also received by Mr. Van Paassen.
The instigators of the attempts on his life were not discovered.
A memorandum was submitted last Saturday to J. Ramsay MacDonald, Premier of Great Britain, by Elias Ginsburg, Chairman of the American Palestine Jewish Legion, on behalf of the organization he heads.
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