The Proclamation of Martial Law posted throughout Jerusalem in
three languages, English, French and Italian.


To the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Blessed and the people dwelling in its vicinity.

The defeat inflicted upon the Turks by the troops under my command has resulted in the occupation of your city by my forces.  I therefore here and now proclaim it to be under Martial Law, under which form of administration it will remain so long as military considerations make it necessary.
However, lest any of you should be alarmed by reason of your experience at the hands of the enemy who has retired, I hereby inform you that it is my desire that every person should pursue his lawful business without fear of interruption.  Furthermore, since your City is regarded with affection by the adherents of the three great religions of mankind, and its soil has been consecrated by the prayers and pilgrimages of devout people of those three religions for many centuries, therefore I do make known to you that every scared building, monument, holy spot, shrine, traditional site, endowment, pious bequest or customary place of prayer, of whatsoever form of those three religions, will be maintained and protected according to the existing customs and beliefs of those to whose faiths are sacred.

Edmund Henry Hynam Allenby, General,
Commander in Chief Egyptian Expeditionary Force.
December 1917