|De door Arabieren opgeblazen Hurva synagoge 1948|
Later in the morning a Swedish correspondent from St. George’s turned up. He said they were getting a very noisy time in that area and a good deal of firing between Jewish and Arab armoured cars in the vicinity. I gave them a little description of our experiences up to date and showed him an array of various missiles picked up on the premises residing on my mantle-piece. He seemed quite impressed and said, “That is a better collection than the Cathedral has!”
Fearing possible fires (there have been several in the vicinity) we took up all carpets and cushions from the Church and placed buckets of earth at convenient places in the Compound.
In the afternoon we had another visit from armed men, this time including an Arab Legionary who said that a couple of Jews had been reported to be seen escaping towards Christ Church and he wanted to have a look inside the premises. He seemed very suspicious and entered several rooms but we satisfied his curiosity by showing him round everywhere and finally he departed, apparently satisfied that we were not harbouring armed Jews.
Another very noisy night with the Arab Legion continuing mopping-up operations in the Old City. Considerable damage was done to the large Synagogue, the dome of which was practically demolished.
|Gerestaureerde Hurva synagoge in 2010|