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Arabs and Jews Clash Following Haganah Attack on Robber Band; Agency Bits Police Inaction

May 25, 1947
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Several isolated clashes between Arabs and Jews occured last night and today in what is believed to be retaliation for the Haganah attack on Arab robber bands earlier in the week.

A band of Arabs attacked the Belkind House, named after a Jewish pioneer, ##ear Zichron Jacob, after midnight yesterday, but were repulsed by Jewish guards, who are reported to have inflicted injuries on the attackers. A Jewish labor camp ##ear Gaza was raided about the same time and one laborer injured. There were also several incidents of Arabs stoning Jews in cafes.

Two loud explosions rocked Jaffa this afternoon, and police said they believed Arab underground armories had blown up. A mine of unknown origin exploded ##ear Acre last night when an Arab shepherd threw a rock at it. The shepherd was ##ounded.Commenting on the Haganah attack, a Jewish Agency spokesman said yesterday that leader of the raid was not killed by a stray shot from his own men as has been reported, but by an Arab when he walked into the cafe where the incident occurred and ordered those present to raise their hands until the brigands could be picked out. The spokesman said that while the Agency appreciated the dangers of ##recipitating Arab-Jewish strife, it could not allow attacks on Jews to continue, without encouraging Arab robbers and extremists to think that they could repeat the 1936 excesses without fear.He pointed out further that the Arab population had suffered even more than the Jews from the depredations of the Arab bands, citing figures for April which rerealed that 24 Arabs and two Jews were killed by the maranders and 24 Arabs and five Jews robbed. The spokesman stressed that the police had taken no action to curb the ?andits and charged that the authorities were extremely lenient with Arabs caught with arms in their possession. He asserted that one-day sentences had been imposed ?on Arabs carrying revolvers or rifles.

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