This Week 25 Years Ago, Episode 4

1972
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A 35 episode documentary TV series created by the Israeli Film Service. The script follows a week by week account of events in the 1948 war starting with the 1947 UN resolution on the Partition Plan for Palestine and concluding with Israel’s first Defense Forces Parade, on July 27, 1948. The focal points of the riots during the fourth week are the mixed cities – Haifa, Tiberias, Safed, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv-Yafo, as well as the localities which would become enclaves within the future borders of the Arab state under the partition plan. Snipers spray the streets of the mixed cities with bullets and the population is forced to evacuate. The struggle to maintain access to the besieged settlements takes a heavy toll on supply and food convoys, even those secured by the British Army. The illegal immigrant ship Lo Tafchidunu (“We Will Not Be Intimidated” or Maria Christina), is blocked by the British Royal Navy, which is patrolling the country’s shores, and its passengers are transferred to the port of Haifa and from there to the detention camps in Cyprus. An interpretation of the British anti-Zionist approach is presented by Israel Galili (who would serve as the Haganah’s chief of staff during the War of Independence). In a scathing interview, he claims that the establishment of a Jewish state is disagreeable to the British and therefore they did not keep their commitment to neutrality, even demanding that the Jewish leadership’s moderate retaliation prevent escalation. The Zionist leaders’ strategy, according to Galili, was to secure the transportation routes to prevent the evacuation of the besieged settlements as a means of expanding their hold on the country.

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