“Jerusalem Jews Ration Bread for First Time; Failure of Convoys to Get Through From the Coast Reduces Food Stockpiles”

With no truck convoys in from the coast for a week, Jerusalem’s isolated Jewish community imposed bread rationing for the first time today, and the population pulled in its collective belt another notch.  There was no starvation, or anything approaching it, but Jewish leaders said they regarded the situation as serious.

The milk ration was down to a quarter-pint a day for adults and a half-pint for children.  Eggs were issued at the rate of two a week a child and none for adults.  A week’s butter ration or a family of four was a piece about the thickness of a man’s thumb across the end of a one-pound package.

Source: New York Herald Tribune.  March 31, 1948.