National Geographic : 1964 Dec
In the thirties, Palestine's British rulers al lowed increased Jewish immigration because of Nazi persecution in Germany. The Arabs revolted. Guerrilla warfare became the order of the day. No one could travel without a pass issued by the Mandatory Government, but villagers who showed passes were persecuted by the Arab leaders. The restrictions made great difficulties for parents bringing patients to and from the Children's Hospital. At one time we had a baby who had been nursed back to health, but whose parents could not come in from their village to get him. We badly needed his bed, so with a nurse I set out in a car to return the baby. Halfway there we were stopped )bya man on the rocks above the road, pointing a rifle at us. He was soon joined by others in khaki uniform and Bedouin headdress, one of whom I recognized from posters as the insurgent leader, with a price on his head. I explained our mission, but the leader an swered insolently, accusing me of being a British spy, covering my activities under a cloak of good works. He had, however, heard of the American Colony, and when I told him more about our work and that we avoided politics, he let us through. On the way back, after delivering the baby to his parents, we met the insurgent leader again. Now he was convinced of our peaceful intentions and bade me "Ma'a s-salaame" (Go in peace). He said he had noted the number of the car and its color. "Don't change its color," he warned. "Wherever that car goes, it will be safe. Keel) up) your work of mercy, and Allah help you." We tested his promise and it held good. 'URILSY BLRT HA SPAri H vi , IR ,N , .