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Bomb explodes in U.S. consulate in Jerusalem; blamed on Arabs

JERUSALEM, Oct. 13, 1947 (UP) -- A bomb exploded in the compound of the United States consulate in Jerusalem today, slightly injuring two employees. Police blamed it on the Arab underground organization, Jihad.

A radio order to police armored cars indicated further attacks were expected. It was the third consulate bombing blamed on the Jihad.

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As the bomb exploded, more than 2,000 Arabs of the Syrian-Lebanese armies, including armored units, were reported maneuvering along the northern border of Palestine. The Jewish defense army Hagana alerted its men as far south as the center of Palestine.

Police suspected the Jihad bombed the U.S. Consulate in reprisal for the United States announcement of its support on Saturday of a proposal before the United Nations to partition Palestine into Arab and Jewish states.

(In Cairo the Arab Higher Committee called the United States "the Arabs' enemy No. 1" today for supporting the partition proposal.)

The Polish Embassy was bombed yesterday-a few windows were broken-and police said the motive was the same as reported in today's incident. The Swedish Consulate also has been bombed. A Swede was chairman of the committee that recommended Palestine's partition.

A few windows were broken in the U.S. Consulate and the Consul-General's dining room was slightly damaged. The two injured employees were cut by pieces of flying glass.

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The Syrian-Lebanese forces of the seven-nation Arab army the Arab League had threatened to throw against the Jews, were so close to the northern border that Palestinians could see their campfires.

Reports of Arab maneuvers came from border towns. One report said armored cars could be seen moving on the other side of the frontier. A United Press correspondent at Kefar-Giladi saw ground forces maneuvering.

Arab sources reported-and other Arab sources denied-that the exiled Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el Husseini, had been to the border to confer with 1,000 sheiks and Arab elders.

Official Syrian and Lebanese sources said Friday that those nations had sent a total of 25,000 troops to the northern frontier. There were no reports from anywhere in Palestine today that more than one tenth of that number were up to the frontier.

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