“I remember the day of the riots. We were all at home, I, father, mother, grandmother and some neighbors,” testified Rachel, seven-year-old daughter of Eliahu Pelazzi, one of the victims of the Hebron riots.
“Moslems suddenly began knocking at the doors, broke one down and beat at another with iron bars. The room suddenly was filled with Moslems, but I recognized only Ismael. He had a knife in his hand. With this he stabbed my father. I saw it. I know Ismael from before,” the child declared.
Little Rachel was not sworn in, but wac cautioned to speak the truth, which she evidently did with effect because Ismael, after a long examination in which he protested his innocence, was charged with premeditated murder.
A Magen David (Star of David) scratched on a sewing machine led to the discovery of a looter in Haifa. A Jewish girl, owner of the machine, identified it by the sign which had been overlooked by the robber.
The Arab was arraigned before Judge Litt, defended by an Arab lawyer despite the lawyer’s earlier announced intention not to appear in Judge Litt’s court as a protest against his allegedly stern sentences.
Judge Litt has evidently been threatened for he appeared in court yesterday escorted by a British soldier who remained near the Judge during the entire session.
A prisoner’s attempt to chew off the finger of Major McConnell, British police warden in Safed would have succeeded but for a Jewish policeman who rescued the warden. The prisoner seized the Major’s finger and began chewing it, while the prisoner’s father and brother murderously attacked the warden. The attempt on the warden’s life was apparently planned, the three prisoners-all three charged with murder-remaining behind in the yard after a short airing, all others returning to their cells.
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