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U.S., Polish and Swedish Consulates Bombed Over Partition

(October 13, 1947)

On October 13, 1947, a bomb exploded in the compound of the United States consulate in Jerusalem. Two employees were cut by pieces of flying glass from broken windows. The Consul-General’s dining room was also damaged. This was the third consulate bombing blamed on the Arab underground organization, Jihad. The attack was believed to be a reprisal for the United States announcement of its support for the UN partition plan.

The other consulates that were bombed belonged to Poland and Sweden. The report noted a Swede was chairman of the committee that recommended partition.

The report also noted that the Arab League had threatened that forces from seven nations would fight the Jews. Syria and Lebanon sent a total of 25,000 troops to the northern frontier of Palestine.

Source: “Bomb explodes in U.S. consulate in Jerusalem; blamed on Arabs,” UPI, (October 13, 1947).