River, New Zealand, ARGUS, 2 December 1954, page 39
OCTOBER WAS ALSO THE MONTH FOR FLYING SAUCERS IN THE HOLY
JERUSALEM, (By Airmail).
"flying saucers" of many shapes invaded the skies
of the Holy Land during October, no-one here claims to have
seen a Martian, or even a grounded machine. A physicist,
police and army officers, officials of aviation companies
and a journalist were among the people who witnessed the
visits of the "flying saucers" over Jerusalem,
Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee and along the coast.
reports about the saucers came on two successive evenings
and there was one daylight "flight" in between
reported from Safad, in Galilee.
men, one an army officer, walking towards a bus stop in
a Jerusalem suburb saw a broad band of a very bright light
overhead, travelling rapidly from east to west. "It
was something like a rocket, but much faster and brighter,"
they said. Four seconds later the light faded and smoke
could be seen against the low clouds. The light looked yellowish
to the army officer, but bluish to his friend.
Kabli, Jerusalem physicist, reported that he saw, at the
same time in the centre of the city, "a brilliant object
which zig-zagged above, lighting up the sky for a few seconds
and then disappearing. It was not a meteor, he insisted.
witness, in yet another part of the city, reported the same
evening that he had seen a "circular object" flying
at great speed from north to south at an altitude of about
previous night, a brilliant object, flying at great speed,
was reported to the Jerusalem police. Witnesses described
it as disc-shape, light brown in colour. Smoke was seen
escaping through two holes in the disc.
witness said that it looked "like a flying house floating
above, with smoke billowing from its windows."
Bethlehem, came reports of a "flying saucer" shrouded
in powerful blue light, leaving behind a trail of smoke
as it disappeared in a south-easterly direction towards
the Judean desert.
the coast, cigar-shaped objects were seen by a crowd leaving
the local cinema in a suburb of Haifa. Mr Shimshon Schwartz,
a reporter on a local daily newspaper, said that the cigar
was covered with red and blue light, and flying in a northerly
south on the coast, people in Tel Aviv bombarded newspaper
offices with reports about "flying cigars." One
couple from a suburb near Tel Aviv reported:
saw a queer lighted object appear in the east, flying westward
at great speed. As it came nearer, the light grew and we
could see clearly two tails of fire emitted behind it, until
it suddenly made a sharp turn north and then disappeared."
following evening, an official of the Israeli National Aviation
Company El Al, Mr A. Hollander, said that he saw "an
ellipsoid-shaped object" which appeared on the horizon
in the north and travelled at great speed, leaving behind
a shining white band resembling the tail of a meteor.
same evening, flying saucers were reported from Midgal Ashkalon,
the ancient Philistine city of Ascalon, further south on
the Mediterranean coast.
report about an egg-shaped object travelling rapidly and
shrouded in powerful, clear light, came that same evening
from Eilath, Israel's southern-most village, on the shores
of the Red Sea.
green "aura" surrounded a saucer which was seen
by several witnesses at Tiberias, on the shores of the Sea
of Galilee. There, a crowd saw a round object shining with
a blinding green light and flying at great speed from east
to west. Witnesses said that it remained in sight for about
only daylight "flight" was reported from Safad,
in Galilee, where several residents, including an engineer,
saw a "flying cigar."