woensdag 16 mei 2012

Dagboek 1948: een staat wordt geboren 16 mei 1948

MAY 16th Another day of heavy firing. Several panes of glass in the south transept of the Church and in the Hostel were blown in from explosions of mines laid by Arabs in buildings on the edge of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.

One heavy explosion occurred during the early Celebration and scattered glass and dust in the Sanctuary and damaged one of the plain glass windows there. It proved to be so noisy in Church that it was decided to hold the 10 a.m. Service and the evening Service in the School Hall. The entire Compound (excluding the Moslem families) turned up to both these Services.

During the morning a mortar fell in the Compound at the feet of two people but mercifully failed to explode.

In the evening at 10 p.m., some very heavy explosions occurred nearby and Mr. and Mrs. Hadawi and their two children who were sleeping upstairs in the Parsonage, came down and spent the night with me on the floor in my sitting room. A very noisy night was brought to an end by the explosion of a mortar in the Compound at 5:30 a.m.

One of the eight cars in the Compound was caught broadside on and the bodywork peppered by pieces from the exploded mortar which also broke two windows of the car, but fortunately the tires and engine were not hit.

The Moslem Compound adjoining the Hostel was evacuated about this time.