The Israel Film Service Collection

This Week 25 Years Ago, Episode 16

12 Minutes, 1973
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Directed by: David Perlov
Production:Zohar Arnon, Yehuda Schneidman
Production Company:Israeli Film Service
Photographer: Nissim (Nicho) Leon
Original Music: Unknown
Narrator: Ram Evron
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

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. On March 19, 1948, following the bloody events in the Yishuv, the United States announces its withdrawal from the UN partition plan, resulting in hundreds of thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets in support of the Zionist struggle. The main focus of the sixteenth week of fighting is the routes to the besieged settlements and to Jerusalem. Supply convoys encounter fierce ambushes that prevent them from completing their missions. March 1948 is a bloody month on the road to Jerusalem and to other settlements: the Hadassah convoy, the Nabi Daniel convoy, the Yehiam convoy, and the Hulda convoy are all ambushed, and about a hundred convoy escorts are killed in battles, some taking their own lives when the battle seemed lost. The heavy price reinforces the understanding that the Yishuv leadership needs to reconsider its transportation routes.

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