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Three Soldiers Wounded in Palestine in Second Day of Attacks on British Forces

June 30, 1947
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Three soldiers were wounded today as Jewish extramists struck for the second successive day at the British forces here. According to early reports, 12 Jews, believed to be members of the Stern Group, surprised three soldiers and two officers sun-bathing on the beach at Herzlia, north of Tel Aviv. They emptied their revolvers at the soldiers, while the two officers were beaten. The attackers escaped under cover of a smoke bomb.

The attack came while Tel Aviv was still tense from the killing of three soldiers and the wounding of one last night in a daring street attack in the center of the city. One soldier was killed and one wounded in Haifa at the same time, when terrorists fired into a bar frequented by British officers. The assaults are believed to be the work of Sternists, retaliating for the presumed murder of 17-year-old Alexander Rubowitz, who was allegedly kidnapped and beaten to death by a police commando unit headed by Major Roy A. Farran.

Meanwhile, Farran, who has been the object of a country-wide search since he escaped from the Allenby Barracks in Jerusalem ten days ago, surrendered today to military authorities, an official announcement revealed. Farran fled detention with the aid of his guards on June 19, after he had been extradited from Syria, to where he fled when inquiries began into the disappearance of young Rubowitz. Prior to his escape, Farran had been identified by several witnesses as the man who directed the abduction of Rubowitz.

Last night’s incident in Tel Aviv was followed by an outbreak of rendom shooting by police and soldiers, during which three Jews, including one young woman, were injured. Wide-spread violence was averted when Mayor Israel Rokach appealed to Brigadier J.W. Moore, British commander in Tel Aviv, who issued a cease fire order.

Jerusalem also had its quota of excitement last night when a home-made bomb exploded outside of an amusement house situated in one of the back alleys near the center of the city. In the resulting confusion two soldiers fired at each other, and a group of English-speaking civilians opened a private war against Jews in cafes and passing cars. The car in which Gerold Frank, JTA correspondent, and other newspapermen were travelling, was stoned, but there were no casualties.


It is learned that the Sternists have communicated with Emil Sandstroem, chairman of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, and appealed to him to request the government to remove guards from Kadima House, where UNSCOP members live, and the YMCA Building, where they meet, in order to enable the extremists to contact the inquiry committee. If that proves impossible, Sandstroem was asked to arrange for each member to meet individually with a Sternist spokesman. The committee was scheduled to attend a reception in its honor at the Tel Aviv Club today, but the even was cancelled following last night’s violence.

The unofficial “majority” bloc on UNSCOP, which reportedly consists of Australia, Canada, India, Peru, Holland, Iran and Swedan, is declared to have tentatively decided against visiting the European camps for DP Jews or the Cyprus internment camps in order to avoid placing UNSCOP in a position where it would be obliged to also visit neighboring Arab countries. The seven delegates allegedly favor a compromise solution of the Palestine problem and are ready to accede to many Arab demands to secure such an agreement. They are opposed on many issues by the four delegates representing Czechoslovakia, Guatemala, Uruguay and Yugoslavia.

King Abdullah of Transjordan, who yesterday celebrated the 30th anniversary of the revolt which placed him in power, is reported continuing his efforts to secure an opportunity to place his plan for a Greater Syria, which would include an Arab section of Palestine, before the U.N. body. Abdullah is also aiming at securing a seat in the U.N. General Assembly.

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