The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
2nd - 4th December, 1947 - Arab protests at the Partition continue and the loyalties of the Arab police officers are tested...
Tuesday, 2nd December, 1947
There were even more vehicles of all types loaded above capacity with
Arabs singing and shouting patriotic slogans.
Here where there are no Jews no damage has been done but in other areas
many Jews were killed when Jewish buses were mobbed by the Mobs. Bombs were thrown at some of these
buses. Many buildings were also set on
fire and also Arab buildings.
Wednesday, 3rd December, 1947
Today the only accident I know of occurred just outside the town. A lorry heavily ladened (sic) with Arabs swerved to avoid another Arab dancing in the road,
it turned over & one lad was killed and many injured. The lorry belongs to the Palestinian Sergeant
in Tubas and the boy killed was his son.
This was very bad luck for the old Showeesh who is not too bad a type
compared with some.
Boundaries defined in the UN partition plan of 1947:
Area assigned for a Jewish state;
Area assigned for an Arab state;
Corpus separatum of Jerusalem (neither Jewish nor Arab).
Armistice Demarcation Lines of 1949:
Arab territory until 1967;
Thursday, 4th December, 1947
Trucks still arriving in Nablus full of singing people and flags flapping. I counted ten rifles sticking up above the
heads of the men in one truck.
Two T.A.C.s this morning were relieved at the end of their guard
duties and walked down from the D.C.’s house to the station behind two
B/Cs. The B/Cs found that when they
reached the station the T.A.C.s were not behind them. They had absconded with a rifle & 50