The Israel Film Service Collection

This Week 25 Years Ago, Episode 20

15 Minutes, 1973
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Directed by: Micha Avni
Production:Yehuda Schneidman, Zohar Arnon
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Micha Avni
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.
This chapter covers two events in the twentieth week of the war: the Hadassah convoy and the Arab Liberation Army. The Hadassah Convoy transports people to the besieged Hadassah hospital and to the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus. Among the passengers are the medical staff of the hospital, employees of the Hebrew University, members of the Haganah, “Har Hazofim Defenders”, medical patients, visitors, and citizens. The convoy is attacked by Arab rioters in Sheikh Jarrah and 78 of its passengers are shot dead in their vehicles, including the director of the Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus, Dr. Chaim Yassky. Abdullah a-Tel, commander of the Arab Legion in Jerusalem, would later claim that this was an act of revenge for the Deir Yassin massacre that had occurred several days earlier. The British Army waits six hours to intervene and stop the massacre. The Arab Liberation Army under Fawzi Kawkaji, suffered heavy casualties in the Mishmar Ha’emek battle. The Arab Liberation Army (led by Lebanese Fawzi al-Kawkaji) was a volunteer army established by the Arab League and ignored the authority of the Arab Supreme Council commanded by ‘Abd al-Qader al-Husseini. The British Army troops evacuate their bases in Galilee, including Canaan and Safed. They hand over Tel Litwinsky to the Arabs, but Haganah forces capture it immediately afterward.

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