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Palestine Military Authorities Ban All Arms Sales in Move to Cripple Terrorists

September 29, 1946
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In an attempt to cripple the activities of terrorist groups, Lieut. Gen. Sir Evelyn Barker, British commander in Palestine, today banned the sale and purchase of explosives without a written permit from the military authorities. His order was issued under the sweeping Emergency Defense Regulations.

The ban came a day after the proclamation of a dusk to dawn curfew between Haifa and Tel Aviv, following rumors that several immigrant vessels were on route to Palestine in the hope of slipping through the British blockade.

Last night, Egyptian police arrested five persons in Alexandria after capture of five trucks containing tommy guns, hand grenades and forged passports. The police said the arms were destined for Palestine.

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, seven Jews “suspected of complicity in terrorism,” were deported to a British internment camp in Eritrea. The deportations were disclosed in a communique issued yesterday. The names of the deportees were given as Joseph Luntz, Zvi Bronin alias Zvi Smertovsky, Mordechai Moskovitz, Nathan Merfish, Levi Sassoum, Shlomo Yarkoni and Jacob Pavlitzki. On the same day, 148 men and women who had been held in the Raffa and Latrun camps and the Bethlehem prison for varying periods were released.

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