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Hadera Cut off from Rest of Palestine As British Troops Hunt Extremists; 40 Jews Held

January 6, 1947
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The Jewish town of Hadera, midway between Haffa and Tel Aviv, was cut off from the rest of Palestine this morning when strong detachments of British troops swooped down on it in a hunt for terrorists who attacked the railway office during the night.

All communication lines, including telephones, were disconnected while the troops curfewed the town and searched for the extremists who were driven off by Arab policemen. During screening in Hadera and the nearby village of Kfar Atta, 40 Jews were detained. An arms eache was discovered in a Moslem cemetery near Hadera.

In Jewish circles here, reports persist that High Commissioner Sir Alan Cunningham, who is now in London conferring with members of the Cabinet, will not return to Palestine unless the government adopts a clear policy in relation to Palestine. He is said to favor partition as the only feasible solution.

Several other attacks in widespread areas of Palestine occurred during the week-and. Near Rishon L’Zion, a suburb of Tel Aviv, a landmine today blew up a British military jeep with a number of soldiers of the Sirth Airborne Division. There were no casulaties.

Late lest night two soldiers were injured on Mt .Carmel in Haifa when their truck was blasted by a mine. Another soldier was seriously wounded in Jerusalem yesterday when a truck was blasted on the outskirts of the city. A number of unexploded mines were discovered and dismantled in Jerusalem.

The Haganah radio, " Voice of Israel, " yesterday broadcast a warning to the Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern Group calling on them to cease terrorist activities. Charging that extremist actions were harming the interests of the Jewish community, the announcer said: "Our patience is exhausted. If you go on, we will take action."

British military headquarters issued a non-fraternization order to all troops in Palestine yesterday, barring them from Jewish public places except cinemas where they may go only if they are in groups of three or more and if they are armed. The order, which also forbade their entering bars, cafes and restaurants, is similar to the one issued last summer following the King David Hotel bombing.

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