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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Life Magazine pics of Arab army removing Jews in 1948 from Jerusalem

In 1948, Israel declared a state, the Arabs attacked, and Jordanian soldiers invaded the Old City and surrounding Jewish neighborhoods. Jordan gained control of the west bank and part of Jerusalem (it is the portion that was occupied by Jordan for 19 years that they now call "East Jerusalem"). As the Jordanian soldiers invaded Jerusalem, the Jews ran for their lives. As a result of the war, Jews were thrown out of the Old City and other areas of Jerusalem en masse (creating many Jewish refugees from "East Jerusalem" that no one ever talks about).

Between the end of Israel's war of Independence in 1949 and the six day war in 1967, the Jordanians controlled the area and they, along with UNWRA, transferred many Arabs into Jewish-owned property there. They also destroyed much Jewish property, including the famous Hurva Synagogue (recently rebuilt), approximately 38,000 graves in the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, and a multitude of Jewish-owned homes, synagogues, and businesses.

The controversial Arab neighborhoods right outside the Old City that today the Arabs call Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan were actually Jewish neighborhoods. Sheikh Jarrah consisted of two Jewish neighborhoods known as Nahalat Shimon and Shimon HaTzadiq. The latter was purchased by Jews in 1876. Nahalat Shimon was built by Sephardic and Yemenite Jews in 1891. Sheikh Jarrah was primarily a Jewish neighborhood in the late 19th century and remained so up until 1948.

In March 1948, Arabs invaded the neighborhood and set the Jewish synagogues and houses on fire, causing the residents to flee. In April, the Hadassah Convoy massacre, where 79 Jews were murdered, took place in the neighborhood. Silwan, where Yemenite Jews had settled in 1882 (and where King David built the original Jerusalem) was also taken over, along with the Old city's Jewish quarter which was razed.

Life Magazine's Pictures of Jerusalem 1948
(all photos by John Phillips © Time Inc., Courtesy of LIFE.com)

Jewish girl, Rachel Levy, 7, fleeing from street w. burning bldgs. as the Arabs sack Jerusalem after its surrender. May 28, 1948. John Phillips

Jewish families being evacuated from city. June 1948. John Phillips

Jewish families leaving the old city through Zion's Gate. June 1948. John Phillips

Jewish people attempting to leave portion of city surrendered to Arab forces. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

Jewish people attempting to leave portion of city surrendered to Arab forces. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

Elderly Jewish man sitting in street after surrender of city. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

The next two photographs are remarkable.
This is before and after of the same place!

Jewish families waiting outside their homes to be evacuated by Arab troops. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

Looting in burning Jerusalem, John Phillips. June 1948
Jewish soldiers lying injured in hospital after surrender of city. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

Jewish soldiers lying injured in hospital after surrender of city. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

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At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two street shots of Jerusalem, preparing to evacuate and burnt out and looted appear to be before and after views of the same road. But of course, as President O lectured Bibi and the world Jewish presence here is "illegitimate". Arab rewriting of history and continued incitement to Jewish liquidation, not mentioned. Belatedly pedantic legalistic parsings of Presidential parsings of barnacled Oslo-era boiler gate: חסר ערך

As if any further justification was required to prevent Arab rioters from attempts to reverse the outcome of the June 1967 war, on the Golan Heights or in Jerusalem.


At 7:20 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel radical Jewish anti-Semitic leftists, ignorant of Jewish history and culture, want the Jews to be uprooted from neighborhoods where they have legal rights. If G-d forbid, they ever get it their way, its time for the Jews to start swimming. There is no where in Israel they can live. If Jews can't in their ancient capital, where might it be asked, can they live?

What could go wrong indeed

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Free Israel said...

Jerusalem: real Arab apartheid in "Palestine" under Jordanian rule 1948-1967 Vs. Israel's free & equal status
One of the many ugly faces of Arab apartheid and ethnic cleansing on Jews, was also shown at Israel's early days of re-establishment.

V. Sharpe in "In prayer, Jews face Jerusalem but Muslims face Mecca":

Prior to the miraculous event that took place when the Jewish people's 3,000 year old capital city [of Jerusalem] was restored to the Jewish state in the 1967 Six-Day War. For 19 long years from 1948 to 1967, Jordan had occupied Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and the eastern half of Jerusalem. Only Pakistan and Britain had ever recognized Jordan's illegal occupation.

The British officered Jordanian Arab Legion had forced out at gunpoint the Jewish residents of the Old City and the neighboring Jewish villages: It was Apartheid and ethnic cleansing, Arab style.[1]

The historic sharp contrast of the status of Jerusalem, whereas under Jordanian Arab-Islamic rule 1948-1967 it was divided, Jews were chased out and ethnic cleansed, and discriminatory laws were applied. After Israel won over the Arab attackers in 1967, it libertated the holy city, unified it and abolished all discriminatory laws.
Indeed, some lament: "The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall."[3][4]

See more at: http://freeisraelnow.blogspot.com/2011/03/arab-islamic-apartheids-racism-of.html

At 8:28 AM, Blogger axe said...

hats off to jews. they deserve Israel

At 8:30 AM, Blogger axe said...

courage displayed by jewish people when almost entire world was against them is remarkable and thats waht got them a jewish state which they deserved.


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