The Sherman Grinberg Film Library: Israel & Palestine Footage

Paramount Newsreel, 1 January, 1948: Arab Volunteers Prepare for War in Palestine, Arab Bombing on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem

1 Minute, 1948
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Directed by: Unknown
Production Company:Paramount
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Arab fighters are mobilizing for fighting Jewish forces during the War of Independence. The guerrillas fighters check drivers papers and practice firearms in an unknown location. Afterwards is featured the site of the terror attack on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem, in which three cars carrying explosives exploded in an attack performed by soldiers who defected from the British army and acted on behalf of the headquarters of Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni. In the attack that took place on February 22, 1948, 58 people were killed and severe damage was caused. The video depicts the ruins of the three buildings on Ben Yehuda Street, as volunteers put out the fires that broke out in the buildings, and casualties are evacuated from the site.


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