The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
24th and 25th February, 1948 - The Aftermath of the Ben Yehuda Street bombings...
Since Sunday we have all been confined to
barracks except when on duty. The camp
defences have all been strengthened against possible and likely attack. The blowing up of the three and four storey
buildings of Ben Yahudi Street on Sunday are now definitely put down to have
been done by British persons.
Today, although not afraid of the Jewish
threats to shoot all British personnel they can, we thought it wise to forsake
the Haganah road block. We stayed in the
P.W.D. shops themselves so that the Jews had no chance of shooting at us. On returning off duty we also thought it wise
to not cross the road in full view of the Jews but to walk the five minutes
walk through the R.A.F. zone and up the other side road in the Arab area
Yesterday morning went quietly so this
morning we walked directly to the Workshops.
The Haganah have reinforced their road block with some of the rubble
from Ben Yahudi Street and have dragged huge blocks
of ferrous concrete rubble in front of it to stop a sudden charge onto the block.
Every night now there are fierce gun battles
fought though I think a great deal of the firing is at an enemy that cannot be
Last night so I have been told one or two
shots were fired from the Jaffa Road area. These were probably not aimed at anything in
particular but the “trigger happy” boys on H.Q. saw this as their signal and
eleven bren-guns poured bullets into the empty Jaffa Road. There was no target just any window or
vehicle parked on the road. Senseless
foolhardiness by over enthusiastic anti semetists.