1920-1939 | Hostages | Palestine

General authorises use of Arab hostages to protect army convoys

18 September 1936 On 18 September 1936, Lieutenant General John Dill, who had arrived in Jerusalem five days earlier to take command of British forces in Palestine, informed Sir Cyril Deverell, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, that he intended to use Arab prisoners as hostages to protect military convoys from the threat of…