As Jerusalem echoed with the shattering thud of mines and the staccato gibberish of machine-gun fire, the overwhelming majority of Palestine's 600,000 Jews last week turned definitely and bitterly against the terrorism of Zionist extremists. They had gone too far.
A bomb was placed in the central railway station. Grenades were thrown at the heavily guarded Mustashfa police station.
A policeman caught outside ran into a burst of searing machine-gun fire which hit him in the stomach. From rooftops all over the city, Stern Gangsters opened fire on troops and police.
High Commissioner Sir Alan Cunningham's patience had reached the breaking point....