|Library of Congress caption: "Haifa, result of terrorist acts and|
government measures. H.M.S. British marines and police in
control of Haifa streets during a case of incendiary." The soldiers
in white uniforms are Royal Marines, probably off of the H.M.S.
Repulse which arrived in Haifa that month. (July 1938)
Yesterday's feature on the Arab Revolt provides the answer. They were patrolling the streets of Haifa.
Between 1936 and 1939 the Arab revolt struck at British, Jewish and even Arab targets across Palestine. In cities with mixed populations -- Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, for instance -- there were constant terrorist and retaliation attacks.
In July 1938, the British published the Peel Commission Report, a government study examining the causes of the outbreak of violence in 1938. The commission recommended partition of Palestine. The Arabs rejected the plan; the Jews' reaction was mixed. But the level of violence in Palestine shot up.
|H.M.S. Repulse in Haifa Bay with Mt.|
Carmel in the background. The Repulse
mission included interdiction of gun-
runners. The ship was sunk during World
War II by Japanese aircraft in the Pacific.