Angry Arabs Attack Jews on Partition
December 5, 1947
By The Associated Press
Arabs, inflamed by the impending partition of Palestine, attacked the Jews twice today in Tel Aviv and the resulting combat raised to 44 the number slain in four riotous days in the Holy Land.
The dead were 23 Arabs and 21 Jews. Hundreds were wounded. Damage in Jerusalem alone was estimated by Hebrew papers at more than $4,000,000.
Angered Arabs demonstrated again in Egypt and Lebanon, two of the seven Arab countries whose representatives will confer Monday in Cairo on means of "defending and liberating" Palestine, which the United Nations voted to cut into Jewish and Arab nations. The British are to abandon their League of Nations mandate next year.
Recruits for an Arab expeditionary force started basic training on the grounds of Syrian schools. Money donations and volunteers poured in.
Some 50,000 demonstrators met in the center of the Lebanese capital of Beirut protesting the partition decision. Arab sources said 3,900 men and 53 women from Lebanon had volunteered to fight partition. Club-wielding police were unable to disperse demonstrators in Cairo, despite a government prohibition against such manifestations. Moslem Brotherhood leaders later called off the demonstration.
Some 200 police with rifles and machine guns guarded the U. S. embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to protect it from an attack such as was visited upon the U.S. information service offices yesterday. Trade union leaders cancelled a demonstration planned for later in the day at the insistence of the Iraqi government.
Jerusalem and Haifa were relatively quiet although an Arab was reported bombed to death at the port city.
The three-day Arab general strike ran out its time yesterday in Palestine.
British troops were on the alert in Palestine, although it was the Moslem Sabbath. Armored cars were ordered to shoot if necessary to maintain order.
Arab informants said volunteers were registered for a fight against partition throughout the seven Arab countries near Palestine.
Leaders of the main tribes in Syria offered their warriors.Google Source