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Newspaper commentary and minor cases, Palestine 1927

The Palestine Bulletin, 3 January 1927

POLICEMAN SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT           .

   "Al Shurah" reports that a Nablus policeman called Fadil was accused of embezzling small sums and was sentenced to twenty days imprisonment.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 5 January 1927

TRIAL OF JEWISH NEW YEAR RIOTER CONTINUED.

   As reported already, the case of Muhmed Bekr Al Saudi, one of those involved in the Jewish New Year riots will be tried in the Assize Court here.  The charge against him is that he unlawfully carried a weapon and inflicted a permanent disability upon his opponent.  The Arab denied both these charges.  He claimed, moreover, that he was assaulted and wounded.  An Arab doctor testified that he treated the accused for light injuries.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 21 January 1927

BRIGANDS SENTENCED.

Haifa. - The case of Ahmed Al Durbasi and Assad Al Durbasi of the Tireh village was heard by the District Court here.  They were charged with brigandage and sentenced to five years imprisonment each.

ABSCONDER ARRESTED.

Haifa. - Last Thursday Mr. S h. embarked on S.S. "Dacia" on his way to Constanza.  On Friday, 11 a.m., an hour before the ship weighed anchor, a police officer with three constables went on board, arrested Mr. Sh. and returned to town with him, together with his baggage.  The arrest was made at the order of the Police Authorities in Jaffa.  Mr. Sh., it is said, is charged with appropriation of money which he received as dowry, marrying the daughter of one of the rich residents in Tel Aviv.  He has been sent to Jaffa.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 26 January 1927

ZICHRON JACOB WORKERS TO APPEAL AGAINST JUDGMENT.

Haifa. - The six workers of Zichron Jacob who were sentenced to seven days' imprisonment in connection with the recent incident at the P.I.C.A. orange-grove, have decided to appeal against the judgment of the Court.  The ground for the appeal is to be that they were not given an opportunity to obtain a counsel or to call witnesses.

DRUZE-MOSLEM QUARREL.

Haifa. - The case of nine Druzes of the Julious village charged with the murder of Ibrahim of the Moslem village Mak was heard by the District Court here.  A sharp quarrel broke out among the inhabitants of the above village in April, 1926, resulting in the murder of Ibrahim Aker.  The Druzes implicated were kept in prison for several months until the hearing of the case.  All of them were acquitted because it was not proved that they had caused the injuries from which Ibrahim Aker died.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 2 February 1927

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED.

   The Court of Appeal has commuted the death sentence passed upon Nassim Ichye of Jaffa to 15 years' imprisonment with hard labour.  Nissim Ichye was found guilty of murder.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 10 February 1927

NIGHT WATCHMAN SENTENCED.

Haifa. - The trial of a ghafir (night-watchman) who was charged with theft took place in the District Court here on Monday.  He stole bread from the Workers' Kitchen at Hadar Hacarmel.  He was sentenced to 9 months' imprisonment.  It is emphasized in the judgment of the Court that a hard sentence has been given in view of the fact that the ghafir committed the crime when on duty.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 20 February 1927

SWINDLER CONDEMNED.

   The trial of a young man who obtained money from several Jerusalem merchants under false pretences took place in the District Court, here this morning.  Knowing who owed money to the Customs the offender was visiting them and collected the sum due "on behalf" of the Customs administration.  He argued in Court that his serious condition compelled him to use this means in order to save himself.  He was sentenced to one year's imprisonment.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 21 February 1927

BEDOUINS SENTENCED.

Nazareth. - Four Bedouins were sentenced to one month's imprisonment for ploughing land in the labour settlement of Nahalal.  It was proved that they refused to leave the land in spite of the order of the Police, claiming that the land belonged to them.

SODOMY.

Haifa. - Four Arab fishermen have been sentenced by the District Court here to three years' imprisonment for sodomy.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 22 February 1927

PICKETING WORKERS SENTENCED.

Acre. - The case of 22 workers of the "Nur" factory who prevented strikebreakers to enter the factory was heard at the magistrate Court here yesterday.  Eight of them (including four women) were sentenced to 15 days' imprisonment each, and the rest were acquitted.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 23 February 1927

"NUR" WORKERS RELEASED ON BAIL.

Haifa. - The eight picketing workers of the "Nur" factory, Acre, sentenced to 15 days' imprisonment have been released on a L.E. 25 bail each.  Their appeal against the sentence will be heard shortly in the District Court here.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 25 February 1927

PICK-POCKET SENTENCED.

Haifa. - Chaim Schwarzkop who tried to steal L. 10 from a visitor in the Barclays Bank here last Monday, has been sentenced by the Magistrate to 1 ½ months' imprisonment.

CONDEMNED TO 7 YEARS' HARD LABOUR.

Haifa. - The case of Anis Bahas who was charged with assaulting Samaan Afara with a knife was heard in the District Court on Wednesday.  He was sentenced to 7 years' hard labour.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 1 March 1927

SENTENCE ON "NUR" WORKERS CANCELLED.

Haifa. - The District Court here heard the appeal of the 8 workers of the "Bur" matches factory at Acre who were sentenced by the magistrate to 15 days' imprisonment.  The Court commuted the sentence to L.E. 1 fine each.

   The "Nur" workers have communicated to the Vaad Leumi (National Council of Palestine Jews) that they accept its proposal to refer the dispute to an arbitration commission.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 14 March 1927

MURDERER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT.

Safad. - The case of Ali Al Jamea of the Kitia village who was charged with murdering his nephew was heard last week.  He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 14 March 1927

HEDERAH COUNCIL IS NOT A JURIDICAL PERSON.

Haifa. - In a case between the P.J.C.A. (Palestine Jewish Colonisation Association) and the council of the Hederah colony the District Court gave his judgment that the Council of this colony is not a juridical person as the Council is not registered, neither does it exist as a "Local Council" (under the Ordinance).  If therefore the members of the council undertook some financial obligations to P.J.C.A. they are personally liable for it.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 17 March 1927

LEAGUE COUNCIL TURNS DOWN MANDATES COMMISSION PROPOSAL.

GENEVA, March 7 (P.T.A.)

   The council of the League of Nations at its session which opened here this morning has decided against the proposal of the Mandates Commission that it should be empowered to hear petitioners from the mandates areas.  The Dutch representative reported to the Council on the Mandates question and the report and resolution submitted in connection with it were passed without discussion.  No change will be made for the present in the procedure of the League of Nations inv regard to the mandates question.

   The report adopted by the Council states that all the Mandatory Powers have expressed themselves against the proposal to hear petitioners.  It might be possible, it proceeds, in very exceptional cases for the Mandates Commission to hear petitioners in person, but bin every such case the Council of the League of nations would first have to be asked whether it is agreeable to such a course, and its permission would have to be obtained before the Mandates Commission could proceed to hear the petitioners.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 27 March 1927

SUPREME MOSLEM COUNCIL SUMMONSED.

   Muhamad Youssef Alami summonsed the President of the Supreme Moslem Council before the Sharia Court for ordering to destroy graves in Jerusalem and to build stores there.  The plaintiff obtained a "fatwa" from the Mufti of Cairo blaming the said action.  The Qadi has ordered to stop the building works.

SENTENCED FOR CARRYING ARMS.

Hebron. - Three Arabs were sentenced here - two to 4 months' and one to 3 months' imprisonment for carrying fire-arms.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 29 March 1927

THIEF SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT.

Nablus. - Ibrahim Hardoni of Nazareth has been sentenced by the District Court here to 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour for thefts carried out in various settlements of the Valley of Jezreel.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 3 April 1927

[Haifa.] Mr. A. Epstein, of Degania, who was charged with shooting and injuring a Bedouin last year was sentenced by the District Court here to 12 months' imprisonment.  Mr. Sacher, his counsel, has submitted an appeal.  The Bedouin attacked Mr. Epstein near Degania.  Mr. Epstein fired in self-defence and wounded him.  The Bedouin subsequently died.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 7 April 1927

ARREST OF COMMUNIST PROPAGANDISTS.

Haifa. - Aaron Miller and Leib Levi have been arrested by the police while spreading Communist proclamations among Arab workers.  The proclamations attack the Government and the Elections Ordinance.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 13 April 1927

SEVERE PUNISHMENT FOR THIEF.

Haifa. - The District Court on Monday heard the case of the worker Wafl who was charged with stealing dinner "tickets" from the Workers' Kitchen here.  He was sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment, the 4 months during which he was imprisoned since the theft took place, were not included in this period.  Besides, the Court recommended to the Government his deportation from the country.  It is stressed in the judgment that a man who steals from an institution like the Workers'' Kitchen, is not worthy of being kept in the country.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 29 April 1927

DEATH SENTENCE CONFIRMED.

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the death sentence passed on Abdullah Issa Ibrahim of the Kadum village near Nablus, who murdered with premeditation Muhamed Abdullah Dervish.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 3 May 1927

ELECTION PETITION FROM RAMALLAH.

   An election petition has been presented to the Supreme Court by Saalim Zaarud, in which he complains of the illegal election of two members of the Municipal Council of Ramallah - Youssef Eff. Dughman and Salem Eff. Zarur.  In accordance with the law, the Chief Justice will have to nominate a judge who will hear this election petition.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 4 May 1927

ELECTION ROWDYISM BEFORE THE COURT.

   The District Court of Jerusalem heard yesterday an appeal by the Deputy District Commissioner acting as a Magistrate, on the four persons accused of creating disturbances on 7 April 1927, the day of the election, hear the Christians' electors' polling-station. Shukri Kamal was sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment, Abdallah Donhoff and Odeh Mohamed Iaish to 4 months and Mohamed Ahafic El Dajani to L.E. 10 fine.   The District Court quashed those sentences and substituted the fines of 4, 8, 2 and 1 Egyptian Pounds respectively.

EMBEZZLEMENT BY A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL.

   An unusually lenient, although commendable, course was taken by the prosecution in a criminal case brought against a government official, Mr. Farid Selih el Bavarshi, an employee of the Health Department, aged 22, who was accused of embezzling on various occasions money entrusted to him in his official capacity.  He has, before trial opened restored the amounts embezzled.  The accused pleaded guilty.  The case was heard by the Jerusalem Distinct Court on 30 April.

   Mr. Kussa, appearing on behalf of the prosecution, declared that in view of the good behaviour of the accused, he did not demand a sentence of imprisonment, and would be satisfied with a fine.

   The Court decided not to inflict any punishment upon the accused.  He will be dealt with more severely in case another offence is committed by him.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 8 May 1927

TRIAL FOR MURDER.

HAIFA. - The High Court heard the case of Ahmed Al Halil and Ibrahim Al Halil who in September of last year murdered with premeditation Fatma Al Karaa of Zichron Jacob whom they found in the mountains with her lover.  The latter escaped, and she was stabbed with knives.  Her body was thrown in the field and became a prey to wolves.  The murder was discovered only after three weeks when remnants of the body and her dress were found.  Police Inspector Schif of Zichron Jacob and her husband were the witnesses for the prosecution.  Ahmed Al Halil was sentenced to death and Ibrahim Al Halil who is yet a minor to 15 years' hard labour.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 10 May 1927

KILLS THE LOVER OF HIS MOTHER.

ACRE. - The case of Musa Abdullah of the Dib village was heard here on May 6.  He was charged with the murdering of one of his neighbours, aged 32, when the latter was with his mother a married woman 40 years old.  He was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.  The mother confessed that she was in love with the murdered.

LAND DISPUTE.

HAIFA. - The Land Court here tried the case bought by the Government against Mr. Nissan Rotman of Hedera representing Mrs. Fels of New York.  The Government claimed that the Hur Al Wase lands acquired by Mrs. Fels are part of "Mahlul" lands owned by the Government.  The Land Court gave its judgment that the Government should renounce its claims on the above lands.

RAPE AGAINST MINOR.

JAFFA. - The District Court here has sentenced Saad of Damascus to 5 years' imprisonment and L.E. 100 fine for committing rape on a ten years old girl.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 10 May 1927

'DRUZE REBELS IN TRANSJORDAN SENTENCED.

   The British Court Martial at Al Azrak tried ten Druze rebels arrested at Al Aankieh.  They were sentenced to imprisonment from 6 months to 2 years.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 13 May 1927

FORGER SENTENCED.

   M. N. was tried on Monday for forging a passport and using a false name.  He was sentenced to 40 days' imprisonment.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 16 May 1927

PASSPORT FORGERY AGAIN.

   A Yemenite Jew was sentenced on Thursday to 3 months' imprisonment for forging a passport of another Yemenite.  The latter was sentenced to 2 months' imprisonment.  The purpose of the forgery was to obtain a visa in America.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 16 May 1927

THE HUR EL WASE LANDS: LETTER TO THE EDITOR.

   Sir, I shall be obliged if you will insert the following communication in the next issue of your journal:-

The statement which was published in the issue of 10.5.27 concerning the land dispute tried by the Haifa Land Court between Mr. Rutman, of Hedera, and the Government of Palestine, was not accurate.

   The Government entered a third parry opposition to a judgment given by the Haifa Land Court in an action about the Hur El Wase lands because it discovered that certain irregularities, which are now the subject of criminal investigation, had taken place in connection with the sale of the lands.  The Government claimed that the lands had been declared Mahlul prior to the Occupation.

   The defendants settled the claim of the Government by payment of a sum of L.E. 1000, as Bedi Misl on the land.  On these terms it was agreed that the Government action should be withdrawn.

M. Doukhan, for DIRECTOR OF LANDS.

 

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 17 May 1927

TWO YEARS' SENTENCE FOR RAPE.

   Omar Etie has been sentenced to 2 years' imprisonment for committing rape on 12 years old boy.

"NUR" STRIKERS ACQUITTED.

ACRE. - The magistrate tried on Thursday the case of ten "Nur" workers who were charged with preventing strike-breakers from entering the factory.  All of them were acquitted.

   During the proceedings one of the audience intervened and asked a question.  The judge immediately ordered his arrest.

CONTRAVENING THE CATTLE PLAGUE ORDINANCE.

JAFFA. - Mr. W. J. Miller, the Administrative officer, acting as magistrate, tried the case of several Arabs who slaughtered sick sheep with a view to selling them to butcher shops here.  The investigation which was carried out proved that the meat could have poisoned those persons who would have eaten it.  The four offenders were sentenced to imprisonment from one to two months and to L.E. 5 - L.E. 10 fine.

THIEVES TO BE DEPORTED.

TEL AVIV. - Yehuda Haver and Jeshaya Hawel, of Salonica have been sentenced to six months' and one years' imprisonment respectively for robbery at the Segal shop, Nahlat Binyamin Str., in April last, and to deportation from the country after having served their term of imprisonment.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 20 May 1927

A DOWRY CASE.

   R. summoned his father-in-law before the Jerusalem magistrate claiming L. 100 which sum had been promised to him as a dowry and not paid.  The counsel for the defendant argued that dowry cases should be tried by the Rabbinical Courts while the plaintiff's lawyer proved that these matters are beyond the jurisdiction of the Rabbinical Courts.  The Judges upheld the latter contention, and the case will be tried by the District Court.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 23 May 1927

DOWRY CASE AGAIN.

   Mr. R. married the niece of Rabbi L.  The latter promised the bridegroom as dowry, inter alia, a house free of rent of 10 years, and the donation was registered at the Land Department.  After the marriage the Rabbi retracted his obligation and submitted a claim to the Court demanding its cancellation basing the claim on article 864 of the Mejellin (Ottoman Civil Laws) stating that a donor may take back his gift.  He also presented the opinion of the Rabbinical Court to the effect that dowry not mentioned in the "Ketuba" (Jewish dowry document) is regarded not as dowry but as simple donation.  Mr. Ben Aaron, the counsel of Mr. R., argued that it was not a simple donation but a donation in exchange of something because Mr. R. married the Rabbi's niece only when he was given the promise regarding the house.  And in such a case cancellation of the donation is impossible under the Mejelleh.  The magistrate Mr. Lebanon, upheld the claim and rejected the claim of Rabbi L., imposing upon him the Court expenses and lawyers' fees.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 24 May 1927

DISPUTE OVER JIDRO LANDS.

HAIFA. - The Land Court is now trying the claim of the Jebrani tribe for nearly half of the Jidro lands which are owned by the "Meshek" Company.

FIRST MAY TRIALS.

HAIFA. - Mr. Minkes was sentenced on Thursday to one month's imprisonment for taking part in an illegal demonstration and offering resistance to his arrest.  Two boys, members of the "Communist Youth" were sentenced to as L.E. 2 fine each for distributing proclamations.  The Court recommended that all of them should be deported from the country.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 2 June 1927

RABBI WEBER'S APPEAL GRANTED.

   The High Court upheld by the appeal by Rabbi Webber, secretary general to the Chief Rabbinate who was recently sentenced to 3 months' imprisonment and L.E. 100 fine in the case brought against him by Rabbi Schor.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 8 June 1927

MR. EPSTEIN'S APPEAL DISMISSED.

   The Court of Appeal to-day gave his judgment in the case of Mr. Epstein of Sagania who was sentenced to one year's imprisonment.  The appeal was dismissed.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 12 June 1927

LIBEL CASE.

   The Court of Appeal gave its judgment on Friday in the case of Rabbi Shor and Mr. Elmaleh, the editor of "Doar Hayom."  The first was sentenced to L.E. 50 and the second to L.E. 25 fine.

FOR BELONGING TO ILLEGAL ORGANISATION.

TEL AVIV. - Yehuda Farber has been sentenced by the magistrate to 25 days' imprisonment and P.T. 40 legal expenses for belonging to an illegal organisation (Extreme Left Party.)

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 15 June 1927

FIRST MAY CASE.

Yesterday at the magistrates' Court the hearing was resumed of the case in which eight young people, including five girls, were prosecuted for forming an illegal assembly on the 1st of May last, when the crowd was returning from the Maccabi sports ground.  Another charge was added of assaulting the police, when the latter dispersed the demonstration.

   The magistrate, upon the evidence of the Police, found that the singing of the labour hymn, attributed to the accused, was not sufficient to warrant a prosecution under the Ottoman Law of Illegal Assemblies. The evidence produced by the Police did not prove that the policemen were assaulted.

   Both charges were accordingly dismissed and the accused, all of whom were kept in prison a few days before the magistrate ordered their release on bail, were acquitted.  Mr. K. Freidenberg, advocate, appeared for the defence.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 20 June 1927

LAND CASE. [JIDRO]

Haifa.  The Land Courts here heard on Friday a claim submitted by advocate Muganem on behalf of the Goarna tribe against the P.L.D.C. and the Meshek Company.  The Bedouins are claiming part of the Jidro lands acquired by these companies.  The Court dismissed the claim declaring that each of the Bedouins claiming land should submit their case separately and in his own name.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 21 June 1927

IMPRISONMENT AND RODS FOR THEFT ATTEMPT.

Jaffa. - The Magistrate Court here has sentenced 2 Arab boys to one years' imprisonment each and one aged 15 to punishment with 8 rods for attempting to steal a donkey.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 29 June 1927

ELECTION PETITIONS.

   The Court of Appeal has referred to the District Court in Jaffa the petitions which were submitted to it against the Municipal elections at Gaza, Mejdel and Ramleh.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 1 July 1927

HUNGER STRIKE IN PRISON.

Acre. - The Haifa Police have obtained a warrant from the Court to detain for fifteen days the 36 Communists who were arrested at Haifa for a demonstration on Saturday last and sent to Acre jail.  On Wednesday all of them declared a hunger strike demanding that the public prosecutor should come to them in order to enable them to file a plaint against the action of the Police.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 8 July 1927

THE CASE OF MR. B.

   The District Court has given its judgment in the case which was brought against Mr. B., a Jerusalem post official, by the wife of a post clerk.  Mr. B. was fined L.E. 100.  He has appealed against the judgment.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 12 July 1927

CONDEMNED DEMONSTRATORS BROUGHT TO JERUSALEM.

   The six workers who were condemned by the Jaffa District Court in connection with the unemployed demonstration held at Tel Aviv on February 19, were brought to Jerusalem on Sunday.  An appeal against the sentence is being submitted by all of them.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 14 July 1927

DEPORTATION AND EXTRADITION.

   Leib Karp was deported to Poland after having served a term of imprisonment of several months.  He was charged with Communist propaganda.

   Y. Gleizer has been extradited to Czechoslovakia.  He is charged with embezzlement.

ACQUITTED.

   Mr. Dvorkin and his wife who were summonsed by the Police for an illegal organisation "Frakziat Hapolim," have been acquitted by the Magistrate's Court, Jerusalem.  The Judge found that the Ottoman law punished only the founder and head of an illegal organisation but not its members.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 19 July 1927

EDITOR OF "FALASTIN" ACQUITTED.

Jaffa. - The case brought against the editor of "Falastin" by Col. Symes (on whom a satirical feuilleton was published in the paper) was tried in the District Court here on Saturday.  The editor was acquitted.

"NUR" TRIAL CANCELLED.

   Owing to the efforts by Mr. J. ben Zvi, H.E. the Officer Administering the Government ordered the cancellation of the trial of the 23 "Nur" workers which was due on the 20th inst.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 21 July 1927

THIEF TO BE DEPORTED.

Tel Aviv. - The Magistrate's Court sentenced Abuzae Ibn Saud Abuzar to imprisonment for six months and subsequent deportation for a theft.  The condemned is not of Palestinian nationality.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 28 July 1927

PROSPECTIVE MURDERER SENTENCED TO HARD LABOUR.

Haifa. - The District Court sentenced Aby Tarif of the Yarkeh village to 7 years' hard labour for injuring Ali Hassan Muleh with the intention of murder.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 31 July v1927

GAZA MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS NULL AND VOID.

   We are informed that the District Court, Jaffa, upheld the complaint of several electors at Gaza and declared the Municipal elections there as null and #void.  Adv. M. E. Moghannam was counsel for the complainants.

DEMONSTRATORS SENTENCED.

Tel Aviv. - The Magistrate Court on Friday gave its sentence in the case of Holshi, Fishzon, Gurevich and Pekler who took part in the recent demonstration held at the railway station in connection with Karp's deportation. The first two were sentenced to one month's imprisonment and the last two to a fortnight's imprisonment or to a fine at the rate of P.T. 10 a day.  The time of their detention in the prison up to to day wills b4 deducted.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 2 August 1927

APPEAL OF LEIBOVITCH AND CONSORTS.

   Mr. Leibovitch and his consorts who were recently sentenced to imprisonment for holding an illegal demonstration and other offences, have been allowed to submit an appeal against the sentence.  They are now detained and engaged on hard labour at Binyamina.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 4 August 1927

THE CASE OF THE ASSAULT ON BISHOP'S CAR: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH, ONE TO 15 YEARS' PENAL SERVITUDE.

   Today judgment was given by the Court of Assizes in the case of those charged with assault on Bishop McInnes' motor car on the Nablus road in May last.  Two of the assailants have been sentenced to death and the third to fifteen years' penal servitude.  The widow of the driver killed during the assault has been awarded a sum of L.E. 250 to be levied from the estate of the offenders who were condemned to death.

The Palestine Bulletin, 16 August 1927

BISHOP ASSAILANTS' SENTENCE CONFIRMED.

   Yesterday the Court of Appeal hear the appeal of the assailants of Bishop McInnes and other passengers in a car on the Ramallah Road.  Two of the assailants had been condemned to death and one to fifteen years' penal servitude by the Court of Assize in Jerusalem.  It had also imposed damages to the extent of L.E. 250 to be paid to the family of the murdered chauffeur out of the estate of the murderers.  The Court of Appeal refused the appeal and confirmed the sentence of the Assize Court.

The Palestine Bulletin, 6 September 1927

CONFIRMATION OF DEATH SENTENCE.

   The High Commissioner has confirmed the sentence of death which was passed by the Supreme Court on the assailants of Bishop McInnes and murderers of his chauffeur.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 31 August 1927

10 YEARS FOR HIGHWAY ROBBERY.

Jaffa. - The District Court has sentenced Mahmud Zayar to ten years' penal servitude for assault and robbery.  The crime was committed in July near an orange grove at Jaffa.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 11 September 1927

TEL-AVIV DEMONSTRATORS BEFORE COURT OF APPEAL.

   The Court of Appeal in Jerusalem will hear on the 13th instant the case of the demonstrators of Tel Aviv who have been sentenced several weeks ago by the District Court of Jaffa to various sentences of imprisonment and hard work.  They were released on bail pending the hearing of their case by the Jerusalem Court of Appeal.

 

The Palestine Post, 15 September 1927

TURK SENTENCED TO DEPORTATION.

Haifa. - Yesterday, the District Court heard the case of a Turk, Muhammad Khulusi, who wounded a policeman when the latter came to arrest him.  He was sentenced to one years' imprisonment and deportation from the country.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 22 September 1927

TEL AVIV DEMONSTRATORS BEFORE COURT OF APPEAL.

   Yesterday in the Court of Appeal, composed of the Chief Justice and Justices Corrie and Frumkin, the appeal was heard of the five persons sentenced by the Jaffa District Court for inciting to and participating in an illegal demonstration of unemployed, which took place in Tel Aviv on February 19th, and also for assaulting policemen when the demonstration was dispersed by force.  On that day a meeting took place in the courtyard of the gymnasium, attended by about six thousand people, convened by the General Federation of Jewish Labourers, and when the crowds were dispersed, a group of 100 - 1500 people formed a procession heading for the Municipality with the object of demanding employment.

   The Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of the lower Court with regard to Kalisher and W. Klingwheel, who were sentenced to 4 and 6 months' imprisonment respectively and to be bound over to keep the peace for one year, and reduced the sentence of 8 months' imprisonment to 2 months in the case of A. Leibovitch and also quashed the order for the latter's deportation from Palestine.  The Court acquitted Z. Berman and M. Behiri who were sentenced to 3 months' imprisonment in case they were unable to produce surety for good behaviour for the period of one year, for organising an illegal assembly.

   The Government Advocate Mr. Kermack appeared for the prosecution and the accused were represented by advocates Messrs. Zmoira (Kalisher and Leibovitch), Dunkelblum (Klingwheel) and Freedenberg (Berman and Behiri).

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 5 October 1927

NEW MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AT GAZA.

   As the municipal elections which were held at Gaza on March 21, 1927, have been annulled by order of the Courts, the Government has ordered that new elections should be carried out.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 9 October 1927

MAIL THIEF SENTENCED.

   The Postmaster at Tel Aviv noticed some time ago that one of the clerks opened a registered letter.  He caught him in the act.  Searches at his house revealed the fact that he had been carrying on these "operations" for some time.  He was tried on Wednesday by the District Court at Jaffa, and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of fifteen months.

SEDUCER SENTENCED.

   A young man, J. R., of Tel Aviv, seduced a girl after promising to marry her.  A child was born.  The young man abandoned the girl and married another.  At the application of the deserted girl, he was tried on the 3rd. inst., by the District Court at Jaffa, and sentenced to six months' imprisonment.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 6 November 1927

DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDERER            .

   The Court of Assize has passed sentence of death on Aby Pasha, a murderer, at Tulkarem.

   The District Court at Nablus has sentenced  ... and his consorts to two and a half years imprisonment for beating a man who subsequently died from his injuries.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 7 November 1927

HEAVY SENTENCE FOR BURGLAR.

Haifa. - The District Court has sentenced Toufik Kemal charged with burglary to five years' imprisonment.  The heavy sentence was given because Kemal had already been tried on the same charge several times.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 9 November 1927

SODOMY CASE IN COURT.

   The District Court of Jerusalem yesterday heard the case of Muhamed Mustafa, police corporal, Police Training School, who is charged with committing in August last an act of sodomy on the late Jewish police constable Kimeldorf who consequently committed suicide.  Several witnesses were heard; their evidence was not in favour of the defendant who however repudiated the charge and asked for more witnesses to be called. The trial is being continued to-day.

FREE PARDON.

   An old Kurdish Jew was detained at the Central jail at Jerusalem after having been condemned first to death for having murdered an Arab near Hederah.  The death sentence was subsequently commuted to 15 years' imprisonment.  In view of his declining years - he is 86 today! - H.E. the High Commissioner granted him a free pardon and he has been released.

CHARLES WYNNE SENTENCED.

   Charles Wynne, the former accountant of the Water Supply Department at the Jerusalem Municipality, who was tried on a charge of embezzlement, was sentenced by the District Court yesterday to twelve months'' imprisonment dating from February last.

The Palestine Bulletin, 9 November 1927

SEVEN YEARS HARD LABOUR FOR SODOMY ACT.

  This morning at 10.15 the judgment was given by the District Court in Jerusalem in the case of Muhamed Mustafa who committed sodomy on the Jewish constable Jacob Kimeldorf in August last.  The accused was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment with hard labour.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 18 November 1927

CONDEMNED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING A SISTER.

Jaffa. - An Arab of a neighbouring village who some time ago murdered his sister, was sentenced to death by the Courtly of Assize sitting under the presidency of the Chief Justice.  A second Arab who was tried as his accomplice was acquitted.  The hearing of the case lasted for three days.  Forty five witnesses gave evidence.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 20 November 1927

SMUGGLING OF HASHISH.

   The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of 5 Arabs who were sentenced by the Jaffa District Court to 6 months' imprisonment and 30 pounds fine for having smuggled 420 kilo of hashish.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 25 November 1927

LOCAL COUNCIL CASE IN HIGH COURT.

   The High Court in Jerusalem on Wednesday heard the case of Mr. Zivlin one of the ratepayers of Ramat Gan (a new settlement near Jaffa), against the Local Council whose election he claimed, was illegal, and whose activities, should therefore be suspended.  Counsel for the Local Council argued that the question is a purely administrative one and lies within the competence of the District Commissioner for the South.  The Court, however, decided upheld plaintiff's claim, and the public prosecutor outlined the existing legislation in regard to the election of local Councils.

   The President of the Court, (the Chief Justice), subsequently announced that before proceeding with the case the High Court would like to have the opinion of the Attorney general on the matter.  The case was adjourned.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 28 November 1927

MURDERER SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT.

Haifa. - Muhamed Bonra of the Um Al Fahm village has been sentenced by the District Court to 12 years' imprisonment for having murdered Hamim Osman at the beginning of this year.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 29 November 1927

BARCLAYS BANK OFFICIAL ACQUITTED.

Haifa. - Mr. Dmitri, an official of the Barclays Bank, who was charged with setting fire to the guard of the Bank on September 15, was acquitted by the District Court yesterday.  The Manager of the Bank and others gave evidence in favour of the accused.

Haifa. - The District Court sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment Amin Mahmed Al Din, who stabbed with a knife Eleazar Drezner in a quarrel which broke out between them in the slaughtering house last year.  Besides, he has to pay damages to the injured person.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 12 December 1927

DEATH SENTENCE CANCELLED BY COURT OF APPEAL.

   The Court of Appeal upheld the appeal of Ismail Mahmud, of Jaffa, recently condemned to death by the Court of Assize who found him guilty of the premeditated murder of his sister.  The Court of Appeal quashed the judgment and referred the case to the Jaffa District Council for retrial.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 16 December 1927

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AS THIEF.

   An Arab was sentenced by the Jerusalem Court to four months' imprisonment for having stolen 250 mils from a Jewish shoemaker at Mahne Yehuda.  While the shoemaker was measuring a pair of shoes on him, he extracted from his pocket the above sum.  It has been established during the trial that the thief studied in a higher school in France.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 19 December 1927                          [China]

SOVIET COMMERCIAL CONCERNS SUSPENDED IN SHANGHAI.

LONDON, December 19 (P.T.A.)

   A cable from Shanghai states that the Provisional Court issued orders to the police in the International Settlement of Shanghai to suspend the Russian State Commercial concerns.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 27 December 1927.

POLICEMAN STEALING WATER MELON.

   The District Court of Jerusalem heard on Sunday the appeal of an Arab policeman who was sentenced by the Magistrate Court to one month's imprisonment for having stolen a water-melon from a Jewish grocer in the Machne Yehuda quarter.  The District Court confirmed the sentence.  The policeman has been dismissed from the police force.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 29 December 1927

SENTENCE IN THE PETACH TIKVAH CASE.

JAFFA, December 29 (P.T.A.)

   The trial of the workers arrested during the disturbances at Petach Tikvah on December 16, was heard here yesterday at 2 p.m. and lasted for eleven hours, until one after midnight.  The reading of the considered judgment of the Court took half an hour.

   Mr. Idelson, Secretary of the Petach Tikvah Workers' Council was sentenced to 12 days' imprisonment but was discharged today as he had already spent 12 days in prison.  Mr. Tabachnik has been sentenced to one month's imprisonment and the rest (15 workers including 5 girls) to 16 days' imprisonment.  The time which they passed in jail - 3 days - will be deducted from their term of imprisonment.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 30 December 1927

12 ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MOTZA QUARREL.

   12 fellaheen have been arrested so far in connection with the land dispute which broke out between the fellaheen of Ein Karem and the Mughrabis (Moroccan descendants) of Jerusalem, near Motza on Tuesday.  The case came before the Jerusalem Court some time ago, and the Court decided in favour of the Mughrabis.  The Arabs of Ein Karem, being dissatisfied with the verdict, have organised the assault.  A police constable is among the wounded.

DR. WALLACH SUMMONSED.

   Dr. Wallach, the well known Director of the "Shaared Zedek" hospital, has been summonsed by one of his nurses whom he dismissed.  She charges him with having insulted and even beaten her because she did not comply with certain religious precepts while waiting on one of the patients.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 30 December 1927

LEGAL.

   The Court of Criminal Assize sentenced to death two of the accused persons who were charged with highway robbery and murder on the Nablus Road.  The conviction was confirmed by the Court of Appeal, and the sentence was executed.

   The Court at Beersheba sentenced a Bedu-Arab to death for premeditated murder, and the sentence was confined.

   In the Northern District, the Court sat at Haifa, Safad, Jenin, and Nazareth; and in three cases passed sentence of imprisonment.

   The Italian Government have extradited the former official of the Jerusalem Municipality who is charged with embezzlement of municipal funds.  The case is awaiting trial before the District Court.

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