PALESTINE: Unholy Crisis

The Holy Land was tight with unholy tension. Jews talked of a showdown, Arabs of a holy war. A division of British air borne troops patrolled streets and country roads. Two more divisions were on the way.

Police in armored cars cordoned off Jerusalem's central section, searched the crowds in public buildings. In the narrow area between the Jewish city of Tel Aviv and the Arab city of Jaffa, panic flickered among scores of jittery Jewish families. Plumbing signs marked on walls by sewer workers had been mistaken for Arab threats, and had raised visions of another St. Bartholomew's Eve. This...

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