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British Authorities Act Against Jews in Jerusalem, Haifa for Attacks on Arabs

July 5, 1939
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British authorities today suspended Jewish traffic to and from Jerusalem, searching three sections and collectively fining three others, and closed Jewish amusement places in Haifa as a result of attacks on Arabs.

British forces carried out house-to-house searches in Rehavia, modern Jewish residential district in Jerusalem, the Romema quarter and on Jaffa Road in midtown after one Arab was officially declared to have been seriously wounded and two slightly injured in the bombing of a truck by Jews. Later an Arab was shot at and slightly injured on King George Avenue. Military cordons halted traffic within the city as well as on inter-urban routes, preventing men from going to work and crippling commerce. Among the houses searched in Rehavia was that of Menachem M. Ussishkin.

District Commissioner Edward Keith-Roach collectively fined the Boukharian, Beth Israel and Mea Shearim Jewish quarters and vicinity a total of £1,000 to be collected from all males over the age of 15 because of shooting attacks on Arabs. The affected sections are outside the city walls and in the center of the community of religious Jews living on charity from abroad.

Curfew imposed on Haifa last night after one Arab had been killed and 35 injured in the bombing of a Christian Arab cafe on Kings way was lifted today, but the military commander took punitive action by ordering the indefinite closing of all Jewish cinemas, cafes, dance halls and other amusement places in the city, disrupting the Summer resort trade, and also prohibiting Jewish taxicabs and private cars from leaving the city.

Meanwhile, terrorism against Jews also continued. Isaac Kagan, supernumerary policeman, was shot dead yesterday from an orange grove near Givat Rambam in the vicinity of Tel Aviv. He was a blacksmith who had immigrated from Latvia six years ago. In addition, a Government Health Department employee, Haim Malcha, was shot and seriously wounded by an Arab in Tiberias.

An Arab bandsman was seriously wounded and two Jewish supernumeraries were slightly injured when a detachment of supernumeraries routed a terrorist band which had attacked a Jewish watchman in the fields of Yagur near Haifa.

A member of the dwindling community of Samaritans at Nablus was shot dead in Haifa the first to die in the three-year-old reign of terror in Palestine. He was Ibraham Yussef Kahan.

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