The Israel Film Service Collection

This Week 25 Years Ago, Episode 23

16 Minutes, 1973
Genre:
Documentary
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Directed by: Micha Avni
Cast: Unknown
Production:Zohar Arnon, Yehuda Schneidman
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Micha Avni
Original Music: Unknown
Narrator: Ram Evron
Language: Hebrew
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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.
During the twenty-third week of the war, the British are moving forward with the evacuation of the Upper Galilee and handing over all key positions in the city of Safed to Syrian colonel Adib al-Shishakli. At five a.m. the next morning, a Palmach force led by Elad Peled enters the Jewish quarter of Safed and prepares for a prolonged siege. At the end of April, the Palmach’s Third Battalion captures Ain Zeitun and breaks into the Jewish quarter. At the beginning of May, after repeated failures, the Haganah launches a parallel attack on key positions in Safed. On May 10, after the occupation of the police headquarters, Safed, the Arab capital of Galilee, fell. The battles over Safed lasted three and a half weeks and the fall of the city mark the end of a period of hundreds of years during which Arabs and Jews coexisted in the city. Twelve thousand Arab residents of the city abandoned it, leaving the city in the hands of the 2,000 residents of the Jewish quarter.

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