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LIFE in Israel in 1948 – Part 1-43
25/08/2009

Document extraordinaire. Traduction souhaitée. Je la commence lundi prochain. (Menahem Macina).

14/08/09

Sur le Blogue de Ben Atlas, July 2, 2009

A note to the readers: it took time and imagination to find and assemble this collection. Treat my blog, my work and the incredible images created by the photographers with respect and a proper attribution. Please subscribe to the RSS and dont’ forget to look around, there is more to this blog than just the pictures.

Photos licensed for personal non-commercial use only by LIFE.

I continue to research the vast collection of photos from the LIFE Magazine. I sort the photos by a photographer or event, etc. In this post I want to curate the 1948 photos from Israel.

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 leaving the old city through Zion’s Gate. June 1948. John Phillips

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

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

Egyptian plane shot down on Tel Aviv beach. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Egyptian plane shot down on Tel Aviv beach. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Sandbagging in Tel Aviv. JUne 1948. Frank Scherschel

Sandbagging in Tel Aviv. June 1948. Frank Scherschel

Arab refugees on a dock. Hafia, Israel, May 1948, John Phillips

Arab refugees on a dock. Hafia, Israel, May 1948, John Phillips

Two Rabbis conference with Jordanin Solgiers. June 1948. John Phillips

Two Rabbis conference with Arab Legion soldiers. June 1948. John Phillips

There is a wide patch on the right cheek of the Sephardi Rabbi, he must have been hit in the face. Please identify these Rabbis?

Sephardic Rabbi bringing terms of surrender of the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem to Jordanian Soldiers. June 1948. John Phillips

Sephardic Rabbi discussing terms of surrender of the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem with Arab Legion Soldiers. June 1948. John Phillips

Jewish boy eating matzos, Jerusalem, June 1948, John Phillips

Jewish boy eating matzos, Jerusalem, June 1948, John Phillips

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Jewish soldiers being guarded by Arab Legion soldiers after their surrender in Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

Captured Jewish soldier sitting between two members of the Arab Legion. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

Captured Jewish soldier sitting between two members of the Arab Legion. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

Frank Adam comments: Another useful detail in the seated three men photo:Jewish prisoner in pukka Brit shorts and two Arab Legion guards. The corporal on the viewer’s right is a negro. So? The nearest negroes to the Holy Land are in Sudan (deeply south from Egypt) or escaped slaves from Saudi Arabia. Either way he is an immigrant to the region which is one in the eye for the Arab complaint about Zionist Jews being immigrants.

This also illustrates the crafty recruitment of the Arab Legion any number were recruited from outside Jordan in southern Syria, Lebanon, (Saudi, Iraq) and Palestine as commonly taken to be the entire country West of the River J. This profile of personnel being foreign mercenaries were utterly dependent on their engagement & utterly loyal, but Glubb Pasha also realised that he would have less trouble to police by securing the consent of the desert tribes to his operations and recruited from them in balance pro rata to the size of each tribe which in the situation of nomadic pastoralists not averse to smuggling and theft in a subsistence society of who owes and owns whom amounted to representation and committment to the regime of the incipient Jordanian state. It was not so obvious nor institutionalised as the Indian Army system of ethnic regiments and companies with a company or two of different ethnicit(ies) in each regiment, but it was nevetheless political balancing of the grass roots.

Major James M. Hankin Turvin speaking with Lt. Abdallah Mogely. Israel 1948, John Phillips

Major James M. Hankin Turvin speaking with Lt. Abdallah Mogely. Israel 1948, John Phillips

Arab soldier standing guard in the Jewish qarter in Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips.

Arab Legion soldier standing guard in the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips.

Frank Adam comments:  the status & responsibility of client state troops is politcally nice. The Arab Legion was British equipped, trained and had a lot of British field officers (majors & colonels) and its commander all, “on contract,” or, “secondment.” In 1920 – 46 it was the originally gendarmerie desert patrol force of the Emirate of Transjordan which the British had created within the Eastern part of the Palestine Mandate. In English English, “gendarmerie” is a nationally organised, armed but police force at the direction of civil power, local and central (state troopers in US?). Britain audited TJ’s books ie approved the budget, and supplied quite a few senior civil officers all supervised by a Resident who reported to the High Commissioner in Jerusalem his immediate local senior, and directly to the Colonial Office, London. So in the 1941 Iraqi campaign and for internal security ie guard duties in Palestine 1945-47 inclusive, the Arab Legion was available (from ‘46, turning itself into an “army”) to the British commander in Palestine or Iraq as another British unit – having formally asked for their service through usual channels from the Transjordanian government which was internally fairly independent – or had to be treated as such to keep up appearances and so political effectiveness. In 1946 the British signed a treaty with Transjordan to become the Kingdom of Jordan and so strictly an ally, rather than a dependent territory – but it depended on a pa sub of £4 ($11) million from London till the 50’s when Hussein fired Glubb and the US after ‘56 gradually substituted for UK as it frequently has across the World since 1945, but in its own variations of retired officers on contract in Kossovo Iraq and other locations.

Nevertheless there are press photos of Legionaries on duty in Jerusalem’s “Bevingrad” in ‘46-’47 as it was Bevin’s initial policy that the Arab parts of Palestine would go in with Jordan – by one of his remarks. Eventually the Jordanian Government withdrew the Legion by early ‘48 from West of the Jordan entirely, till Abdullah invaded Palestine in May ‘48. By the memoirs and statements of the time any British seconded officers had returned to their own British units or were kept East of the Jordan, but there were still some contract officers in the force across the River.

Just in case this all sounds ad hoc if not outright louche, it is the stuff of British avoidance of systematic big thinking and as a defence measure in the 1941 “flap” when it looked as if Rommel might break through Egypt, the British incorporated the Palestine Police – a civilian formation albeit armed – into the British Army. As such it sent a detachment to march in the victory parade in London.

Arab Legionnaires fight from walls of Jerusalem, May 1948. John Phillips

Arab Legionnaires fight from walls of Jerusalem, May 1948. John Phillips

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Two Israely soldiers. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

llegal Jewish immigrants aboard captured refugee ship surrounded by British troops who halted the craft shortly before the official creation of the state of Israel. Haifa 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Illegal Jewish immigrants aboard captured refugee ship surrounded by British troops who halted the craft shortly before the official creation of the state of Israel. Haifa 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Fran Adam Commenst: The half platoon of helmeted British troops on the quay waiting for the illegal immigrants to (be?) disembarked are Parachute Regiment. The giveaway is – unlike the usual British “battle bowler” souplate design from the 14-18 trench war – the brimless helmet developed for airborne units (2 divisions in ‘44 – ‘45) not to catch the door in the jump, or slipstream. Later a lot of them went to the navy for similar reasons of warship constricted passages and hatches. There is a third design in which the brim angle is not pressed so it has a parabolic outline which served from 43-44 (till GRP – glass reinforced plastic ie kevlar brimless took over in the 70’s because APC’s -armoured personnel carriers are also cramped). The purpose of the broad but parabolic third design which can be seen in the second lot of photos was it protected the neck when on lying the ground as it was impossible to wear jauntily with the chinstrap behind the head.

Refugees on captured ship. Dmitri Kessel

Refugees on captured ship. Dmitri Kessel

Jewish Refugees from illegal ship. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Jewish Refugees from illegal ship. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Elderly Jews going to Zion’s Gate evacuation the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

Elderly Jews going to Zion’s Gate evacuating the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

The Legion having a Banquet dinner. April 1948. John Phillips

The Legion having a Banquet dinner. April 1948. John Phillips

Arab refugees crowding a British ship carrying them to Acre. May 1948. John Phillips

Arab refugees crowding a British ship carrying them to Acre. May 1948. John Phillips

Haganah Solgiers. May 1948. Frank Schersche

Haganah Soldiers. May 1948. Frank Schersche

View of Haifa from Mt. Carmel in June 1948. Frank Scherschel

View of Haifa from Mt. Carmel in June 1948. Frank Scherschel

The next two photographs are remarkable. I found them in the different parts of the archive. It occurred to me to compare the architectural elements, the stair, the window openings, etc. 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

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

Rubble lying in the streets after Arab looting of Jewish homes. Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

Rubble lying in the streets after Arab looting of Jewish homes. Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

Looting of the Jewish Jerusalem, John Phillips. Jume 1948

Looting in burning Jerusalem, John Phillips. June 1948

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

International Red Cross employees helping Jewish refugees. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. 	John Phillips

International Red Cross employees helping Jewish refugees. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

People along the waterfront watching an air raid. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

People along the waterfront watching an air raid. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

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

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

Arabs evacuating the village of Zenin. May 1948. John Phillips

Arabs evacuating the village of Zenin. May 1948. John Phillips

Women and children refugees evacuating the village of Zenin. May 1948. John Phillips

Women and children refugees evacuating the village of Zenin. May 1948. John Phillips

British Marines guarding a deserted street of Haifa

British Marines guarding a deserted Arab street of Haifa. May 1948. John Phillips

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Israeli Soldier. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Jews take over as British Mandate ends. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Jews take over as British Mandate ends. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Israeli men celebrate the end of the British Mandate. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Israeli men celebrate the end of the British Mandate. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Tel Aviv. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Tel Aviv. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Girls bring trained in signal work at British detention camp. Cyprus. June 1948. 	Frank Scherschel

Girls being trained in signal work at British detention camp. Cyprus. June 1948. Frank Scherschel

A British soldier sitting guard on a rooftop. (Is this Haruvah?). 1948. Dmitri Kessel

A British soldier sitting guard on a rooftop. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Frank Adam comments: The British – Scots by his Tam O’Shanter hat style – soldier with Bren light machine gun on a roof is in front of the dome of the Tiferet Israel Synagogue, also known as the Nissan Bek after its original warden/sponsor. The dome of the Hurva reaches the walls/edges of its main structure and is not on a “drum.” Both synagogue outlines are easy to distinguish on learning this structural difference which is obvious when you look at the Old City from the walls or external viewing points. The Nissan Bek was on the Eastern edge of the Western hill of the old City now crowned with modern yeshiva buildings, while the Hurva is further West.

Arab soldier with rifle riding on a motorcycle. March 1948. John Phillips

Arab soldier with rifle riding on a motorcycle. March 1948. John Phillips

A trampled tarbouche lying in the street which will be picked up as a trophy by the Jews. Zenin, Israel. May 1948. John Phillips

A trampled tarbouche lying in the street which will be picked up as a trophy by the Jews. Zenin, Israel. May 1948. John Phillips

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LIFE in Israel in 1948 – Part 2

by Ben Atlas on July 2, 2009

A note to the readers: it took time and imagination to find and assemble this collection. Treat my blog, my work and the incredible images created by the photographers with respect and a proper attribution. Please subscribe to the RSS and dont’ forget to look around, there is more to this blog than just the pictures.

Photos licensed for personal non-commercial use only by LIFE.

Israeli soldier aiming his weapon. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Israeli soldier aiming his weapon. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

King Abdullah (fore CL) and his party standing in front of the Dome of the Rock. Jerusalem, Israel. John Phillips

King Abdullah (fore CL) and his party standing in front of the Dome of the Rock. Jerusalem, Israel. John Phillips

David Ben Gurion. 1948	Dmitri Kessel

David Ben Gurion. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Golda Meir.

Golda Meir. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Kibbutz break. Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Kibbutz break. Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Men of Emir Mohamed Saleh in their camp listening to latest news. April 1948. John Phillips

Men of Emir Mohamed Saleh in their camp listening to latest news. April 1948. John Phillips

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Emir Mohamed Saleh leading his follwers, John Phillips. April 1948

Haganah Soldiers. June 1948. Frank Scherschel

Haganah Soldiers. June 1948. Frank Scherschel

Frank Adam comments: In the seventh picture – of the Israeli troops in a back area – note the two styles of British helmet. Two on the viewer’s left are in the “battle bowler” from the trench war of 1914-18, and most of the others are in the style that appeared from ‘43-’44 till the end of the steel helmet era. The Mark II (dor bet) with its bell curve silhouette and more sweep to the rear was designed to protect the nape and neck when crawling or lying on the ground because it could not be worn forward with the strap behind the head. There was also a brimless type for airborne trops only visible in the quayside picture in the first set of pictures.

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Bugler playing the Last Post at funeral of  a British soldier. June 1948. 	Frank Scherschel

Bugler playing the Last Post at funeral of a British soldier. June 1948. Frank Scherschel

Boy and girl Haganah members. Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Boy and girl Haganah members. Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

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

Wounded Arab Legionnaire is carried by civilian volunteers. Jerusalem. May 1948

Wounded Arab Legionnaire is carried by civilian volunteers. Jerusalem. May 1948

Arab Legion in Jerusalem. May 1948. John Phillips

Arab Legion in Jerusalem. May 1948. John Phillips

Bodies of dead Jews lie in the rubble along Tel Aviv waterfront after Arab raid. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Bodies of dead Jews lie in the rubble along Tel Aviv waterfront after Arab raid. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Jewish troops blindfolding Polish adventurers doing sabotage for Arabs. May 1948. John Phillips

Jewish troops blindfolding Polish adventurers doing sabotage for Arabs. May 1948. John Phillips

Frank Adam comments: The Polish trouble makers were probably deserters or demob from when the Anders Army which Stalin released to Churchill via Teheran. Anders’ Army passed through the British 8th Army back area that was Palestine and Egypt to train and then went on to win Cassino.

Haganah guard sitting in the Arab sector of Hafia. April 1948. John Phillips

Haganah guard sitting in the Arab sector of Hafia. April 1948. John Phillips

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Mayor of Jewish quarter "Muhktar" Weingarten being escorted to Arab Legion headquarters by Arab soldiers. Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

People attending banquet during truce. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

People attending banquet during truce. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips

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An explosion blasting a path in Jewish-held old city after Arabs carefully crept through gunfire to plant dynamite under walls during attack by Arab Legion. Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

Hagannah soldier. June 1948. Frank Scherschel

Hagannah soldier. June 1948. Frank Scherschel

Frank Adam comments: There are at least three Haganah Sten guns in this series of pictures – all probably home made – a cheap and nasty blow back weapon of barrel, breech block and spring that could go off if you dropped it butt end first, that the British first designed in 1940 when they lost all their equipment at Dunkirk. They quickly smoothed the design and eventually made 2.5 million of the Mark II, nicknamed “the Woolworths gun” at allegedly 5 shillings – one dollar then. One story being to use up 9mm pistol ammo captured in the fall of Tunis, but in the second half of the war it equipped all who might need close quarter defence of the “burp gun” as Cold War Americans called the genre, but did not need to fire accurately to a distance: drivers, gunners, NCO’s, signallers, tankees logistics troops – about a 1/3 to half the divisional personnnel.

About 1942 Haganah obtained a specimen and realised the jackpot as they had a lot of disparate rifles in their caches with little ammunition, some being 19th century single shots. These were now dismantled for the barrels to saw up to make four Stems with garage mmachinery to make the butts and bodies. Ammunition was stolen or made from bulk imports of lipstick cases for cartridge cases. You can see the original underground factory near the new Rehovot Station and in Haganah Museum in Rothschild Avenue TA are several paired specimens used in settlement defence.

Barricade in front of entrance to building. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Barricade in front of entrance to building. May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Frank Adam comments: The wall in front of a shop front is a blast shelter wall typical of air raid shelters 40’s technology. Evidently by the painted lettering which spells “shelter” this wall enables people to be safer in the concrete building’s front lobby should bombs or shells start falling in the street. This technique is complementary to the picture of the people sheltering in a school corridor.

Arab soldiers with rifles being transported in military vehicles. March 1948. John Phillips

Arab soldiers with rifles being transported in military vehicles. March 1948. John Phillips

Frank Adam comments: There are two interesting technical details here. First the Arab Legion photos show them with the British World War I rifles with the snubbed muzzle cap.

The photo of the arab troops packed into requisitioned civilian lorries with extempore wooden safety grills – in that they are not a standard British or US issue (and do not have French Citroen or Renault trademarks either?) – are carying rifles with muzzles projecting well over the forestock furniture. These are probably French Lebels and so a Syrian unit in spite of the British pattern ‘37 braces they are wearing. From 1940 to ‘46 French units in Syria and elsewhere would have used replacement clothing from British or US stocks. By 1948 Syria & Lebanon were independent at British (1945?) insistence which was the French gripe that led to French support of Haganah Aliyah Bet and the independence of Israel in 1948.

John Glubb (C) and his wife feeding pigeons. Israel. April 1948. John Phillips

John Glubb (C) and his wife feeding pigeons. Israel. April 1948. John Phillips

King Abdullah Ibn Hussein (L) talking to an officer. April 1948. John Phillips

King Abdullah Ibn Hussein (L) talking to an officer. April 1948. John Phillips

Pablo de Azcarate (R) of the United Nations Truce Commission talking to doctors and a nurse. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillip

Pablo de Azcarate (R) of the United Nations Truce Commission talking to doctors and a nurse. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillip

View of Jewish outpost near Egyptian border, showing trenches, gun emplacements and barded wire. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

View of Jewish outpost near Egyptian border, showing trenches, gun emplacements and barded wire. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Haganah topography class. Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Haganah topography class. Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Haganah men crawling along wall. 1948. Tel Aviv, Israel

Haganah men crawling along wall. 1948. Tel Aviv, Israel

An injured Jew in Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

An injured Jew in Jerusalem. June 1948. John Phillips

Shelter in corridor of a school building. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Shelter in corridor of a school building. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

A man looking at blood in an Arab classroom, May 1948. John Phillips

A man looking at blood in an Arab classroom, May 1948. John Phillips

Refugees gathering their belongings to take aboard the British ship, May 1948. John Phillips

Refugees gathering their belongings to take aboard the British ship, May 1948. John Phillips

Registering for duty in Tel Aviv. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Registering for duty in Tel Aviv. 1948. Dmitri Kessel

Haganah member. Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948

Haganah member. Tel Aviv, Israel. 1948

An Arab Legionnarie pointing his gun at 	John Phillips, April 1948

An Arab Legionnarie pointing his gun at John Phillips, April 1948

A sign indicating Army traffic in Hafia. May 1948. John Phillips

A sign indicating Army traffic in Hafia. May 1948. John Phillips

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LIFE in Israel in 1948 – Part 3

by Ben Atlas on August 10, 2009

A note to the readers: it took time and imagination to find and assemble this collection. Treat my blog, my work and the incredible images created by the photographers with respect and a proper attribution. Please subscribe to the RSS and dont’ forget to look around, there is more to this blog than just the pictures.

Photos licensed for personal non-commercial use only by LIFE.

There have been so much interest in the 1948 archive, so I decided to publish another installment. Pictures do speak better than words. The following are the photos taken by John Phillips, all in June of 1948.

The Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem after Jews left

The Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem after Jews left

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Jewish woman and child receiving Arab-supplied bread at hospital

mPriest walking past the Convent of Notre Dae du France which was damaged during fighting in the city

Priest walking past the Convent of Notre Dae du France which was damaged during fighting in the city

Jewish prisoner being escorted by Arab soldiers

Jewish prisoner being escorted by Arab soldiers

Orthodox Jewish man preparing to evacuate the city

A Jewish man preparing to evacuate Jerusalem

Stanton St. in Haifa completely deserted after the Jews drove out all the civilians

Stanton St. in Haifa completely deserted after the Jews drove out all the civilians

Women and children refugees evacuating the village of Zenin

Women and children refugees evacuating the village of Zenin

A barge bringing Arab refugees to the dock in Haifa

A barge bringing Arab refugees to the dock in Haifa

A 13-yr-old Arab boy lying dead on street of Haifa

A 13-yr-old Arab boy lying dead on street of Haifa

Dead Jewish Englishwoman lying dead on hospital floor after surrender of city

Dead Jewish Englishwoman lying on hospital floor after surrender of Jerusalem

Injured Arab soldiers lying on cots wayting to be evacuated in Haifa

Injured Arab soldiers lying on cots wayting to be evacuated in Haifa

Nurse treating wounded Jewish soldier in Jerusalem

Nurse treating wounded Jewish soldier in Jerusalem

An Arab child refugee waiting on the dock to leave Hafia

An Arab child refugee waiting on the dock to leave Hafia

Dr. Moussa Husseini (4R), and a leader of Haganah forces, walking with Arab soldiers after signing the surrender of Jerusalem

Dr. Moussa Husseini (4R), and a leader of Haganah forces, walking with Arab soldiers after signing the surrender of Jerusalem

Arab refugees in Haifa waiting to be ferried to an Arab city

Arab refugees in Haifa waiting to be ferried to an Arab city

An Arab guard checking a car at the road block

An Arab guard checking a car at the road block

King Abdullah (C) and his party climbing the steps of the Dome of the Rock

King Abdullah (C) and his party climbing the steps of the Dome of the Rock

King Abdullah (C) and his party standing in front of the Dome of the Rock

King Abdullah (C) and his party standing in front of the Dome of the Rock

King Abdullah of Jordan (CL) and his party leaving Haram esh Sarif

King Abdullah of Jordan (CL) and his party leaving Haram esh Sarif

King Abdullah (C) and his party attending a banquet during truce

King Abdullah (C) and his party attending a banquet during truce

King Abdullah Ibn Hussein (L) talking with Sir Harry Luke

King Abdullah Ibn Hussein (L) talking with Sir Harry Luke

Israel’s Foreign Minister Moseh Sharett (R) seated with members provisional govt, Golda Meir Israel while Israel Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reads Proclamation of Nationhood. Jerusalem, Israel May 1948. Frank Scherschel

Israel’s Foreign Minister Moseh Sharett (R) seated with members provisional govt, Golda Meir Israel while Israel Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reads Proclamation of Nationhood. Jerusalem, Israel May 1948. Frank Scherschel

A Royal Marine searching an Arab

A Royal Marine searching an Arab

King Abdullah of Jordan (C) touring Jerusalem during truce

King Abdullah of Jordan (C) touring Jerusalem during truce

The following are all 1948 photos by Frank Scherschel. All these Frank Scherschel were taken in May.

Hurrying toward air raid shelter in Tel Aviv

Hurrying toward air raid shelter in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Passenger Inspection Hal

Passenger Inspection Hal

Press conference given by Moshe Shertok (center).

Press conference given by Moshe Shertok (center).

Magen David Adom driving Jerusalem - Tel Aviv highway to go into action near Bab el Wad

Magen David Adom driving Jerusalem - Tel Aviv highway to go into action near Bab el Wad

Final patrol by British tanks pushes three rubble strewn streets of Jaffa intent on preventing any further fighting between Jews and Arabs before experation of mandate

Final patrol by British tanks pushes three rubble strewn streets of Jaffa intent on preventing any further fighting between Jews and Arabs before experation of mandate

Arabs drinking coffee and smoking Hubble-Bubbles

Arabs drinking coffee and smoking Hubble-Bubbles

People running away from the watersfront during air raid in Tel Aviv

People running away from the watersfront during air raid in Tel Aviv

Christian family going to Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Christian family going to Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Municipal authorities of Jerusalem

Municipal authorities of Jerusalem

Old City of Jersusalem

Old City of Jerusalem

 

Photos licensed for personal non-commercial use only by LIFE.

The 1948 Israel LIFE photographs are published in three posts:

  1. Part One

  2. Part Two

  3. Part Three

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