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Jewish Guard Wounded, 2 Arabs Killed; Wauchope Departs

March 2, 1938
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A Jewish guard was seriously wounded early this morning during an Arab attack on the settlement of Kirath Zevi, near Beisan, in which the attackers, numbering 30, were reported to have used bombs and a machine gun. The Jewish colonists repelled the raiders, killing one and wounding several others.

Troops and Royal Air Force planes conducting searches in the Nablus district killed Kassem Hassad, terrorist leader from the north, and captured his aide, Hussein Issa, who was heavily armed.

These developments came as Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope departed for Egypt and retirement after a six-year reign as Palestine High Commissioner. He left Jerusalem surrounded by extraordinary precautions, motoring from Government House to the railway station, where civil and military officials, Jewish and Arab notables, religious dignitaries and members of the consular corps bade him farewell. A Black Watch company and contingents of mounted police and the Transjordan Frontier Force gave him a final salute as he boarded the train for Ramleh, where he was to take a Royal Air Force plane to Egypt.

Sir Arthur’s itinerary was changed at the last moment to avoid Arab streets on the trip from Government House to the station. Instead, his car took him through Jewish quarters, where crowds shouted “shalom” (peace) as he passed.

Hours before the farewell ceremonies at the station, hundreds of policemen occupied all vantage points within a half mile, admitting only ticket holders to the plaza.

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