The Sherman Grinberg Film Library: Israel & Palestine Footage

Paramount Newsreel, 1 December, 1947: Unrest in Jerusalem Post Arsons of Jewish-Owned Businesses in Mamilla Neighborhood

4 Minutes, 1947
Genre:
Newsreel
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Directed by: Unknown
Production Company:Paramount
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The Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church visits the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, as a crowd of believers alongside Arab and British Mandate soldiers and church clerks gather outside the church plaza and near the Door of Humility at the entrance to the church. Afterwards the streets of Jerusalem are depicted where shops owned by Jews were set on fire. Tension between Jews and Arabs increases during this period, and the press reports of arsons of businesses under Jewish ownership in the commercial center in Mamilla neighborhood. Policemen of the Palestine Police Force alongside firefighters are putting out the fire and clearing the debris created by the fire in several locations. Armored vehicles of British soldiers patrol the city streets alongside security buffer zones with barbed wire. An armored vehicle passes by the “Rex” cinema located on Queen Mary Street (nowadays Shlomzion Street), as most shops in the area appear closed. A cotton-production workshop is featured where Arab workers load large cotton packages onto a vehicle and British police force passes by. Lastly is featured the Jewish Quarter, where a large crowd gathers in the plaza and British soldiers patrol the area.

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