This Week 25 Years Ago, Episode 3

The Ben Shemen Convoy, 1947

5 Minutes, 1973
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Directed by: Avi Cohen
Production:David Goldstein
Photographer: Zecharia Raz, Hanania Baer
Original Music: Unknown
Narrator: Ram Evron
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Excerpt from Episode 3 of the TV series This Week 25 Years Ago, created by the Israel Film Service, as part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the State of Israel.
Following the Partition Plan, Ben Shemen, the Zionist agricultural youth village established in 1927, becomes a part of the Arab state. Indeed, immediately after November 30, 1947, the roads leading to it, and thus the village, are completely blocked by the Arabs. In 1932, the youth village absorbed students from Aliyat Hanoar (Youth Aliyah), and throughout World War II it became home to refugee children from the European Holocaust. On December 14, 1947, a supply convoy to Ben Shemen was attacked by Arab Legion soldiers and 14 of its men were killed, after which British Army soldiers secured the convoys. Archival sources included in this excerpt follow the daily routine in the youth village before its students and teachers were evacuated to the Neurim youth village near Netanya following the siege.

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