The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Sunday 5 January 2014
6th and 7th February, 1948 - Ron hardens his ambitions for the future and experiences some tension.
After yesterday’s down-pour of rain today it was bright and quite
Although today is the Arabs’ Sabbath the traffic to and from the court
was as great as it has been all the week.
I wrote to Aunt Rosa today answering the letter received from her a
few days ago. I told her how pleased I
was to hear how bravely she was taking her bereavement and told her of my lack
of plans for the future.
Although my ambitions are great I do not know as yet along what path
they lie. I do know that when I do take
up employment in civilian life again it must be my career and the work into
which I can put all my labour. I will
not allow myself to fall into a rut or position with no scope or prospects.
Another nice day today with a slight slackening of traffic at the Law
Courts. The Arabs seem, for all their
large talk, to be quite frightened of the Jews.
They know as well as I that there would be nothing to be gained by
either race in the blowing up of the Law Courts but is very noticeable how
tense the atmosphere becomes when a Jew enters the Courts. By mistake the other day I let two Jewish
advocates pass into the courts without searching them thinking they were
Englishmen, a mistake easy to make on some occasions.
Not the very one but a Jewish Police Constable...
The Arabs became very excited and heated about it and talked about it
long after asking me why I had done it.
Another day one of the clerks stopped and tried to search a Jewish
Policeman I had let pass. For this I had
to explain to him that he was not allowed to search anyone far less a policeman
who can only be searched by an Assistant Superintendent of Police or a constable
specially detailed. The Jew was
naturally put out but I managed to smooth out the trouble.