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British Policeman Killed, Second Wounded in New Outbreak of Violence in Jerusalem

May 13, 1947
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One British policeman was killed and a second wounded in the head today in a new outbreak of violence.

Sirens sounded throughout the city shortly after the shots were fired. The incident occurred in one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, in the full view of hundreds of people.

Attempts by the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem to weld the various Arab “defense” organizations into one striking force aimed at both the Jews and the British appear to be progressing, since the appointment of a former Egyptian army officer, Machmud Thabet, to the post of “commander-in-chief” of the United Futuwa and Nejada armies. He has appointed the former commanders of the two groups to his “general staff” and has named a number of regional chiefs for his “army” which favorable sources estimate at 15,000.

The Jewish Agency has denied reports to the effect that its representatives have been meeting with envoys of King Abdullah of Transjordan to establish a “united Jewish-Arab anti-Russian front.” A Jewish spokesman termed the rumors “fantastic and absolutely baseless.”

It was learned that as a result of negotiations between Russian representatives and Palestine Government and British officials the Soviet Union will recover all Russian property in Palestine. The property, whose value may reach $10,000,000, dates from the Tzarist regime. The negotiations lasted for more than a year.

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