The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Friday, 3 January 2014
2nd & 3rd February, 1948 - Ron's hearing rumours of British involvement in the terror and struggling with the water supply.
Yesterday the Arabs were very busy throughout the day in various
attacks on the Jews in Jerusalem. Their most important
achievement came to pass at last evening when they succeeded in blowing up the offices &
printing presses of the Palestine Post the only Jewish paper printed in English
and the mainstay in Jewish propaganda.
It is rumoured that this deed might have been done by British Police but
as yet it is too early for any facts to be known.
The offices of the Palestine Post newspaper targeted by Arab insurgents. Rumours abound regarding the involvement of British personnel who had deserted from the Force.
Continuing today some Jewish shops have been blown up, the Jews
replying with automatic gun fire from snipers.
I saw two school boys brought into the GovernmentHospital today. They had been shot by
the Jews, one in the hand and one in the foot.
This happened near Jaffa Gate where Arab security police had earlier in
the day stopped a Jewish car which was found to contain mines. The female occupant was detained.
From the hot weather we had become used to we now have to endure
bitter cold and drizzly rain. At in the morning and late in the evenings the cold
is intense. The room where we sleep has
a perpetual damp atmosphere and the bed is icy cold when first made up. The rain as yet has not been heavy only
scattered showers which damp everything and are not enough to increase the
water supplies of the city. This means
our water in the camp supplies are turned off for several hours a day so that the latrines
become in a very insanitary condition in a day.
Shaving and other necessities of toilet become difficult. We have had to go to the Y.M.C.A. in the town
for hot showers at a shilling a time.
These are very refreshing and very necessary.