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Israel's independence war, produced by the United Palestine Appeal

Film | Accession Number: 2011.123.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1305 | Film ID: 2929

Shots of Jerusalem as the narrator says that despite the U.N. truce, Glubb Pasha (John Bagot Glubb) continues to arm the Transjordan Arab Legion. Looters in Jerusalem. King Abdullah of Transjordan pays a visit to the Dome of the Rock (Mosque of Omar). 01:01:07 Count Folke Bernadotte in Lake Success, New York, to report to the U.N. on the truce. Interior shots of delegates meeting to discuss the Arab Legion's defiance of the truce, June 11th, 1948. Shots of urban warfare after the May 15, 1948 declaration of the state of Israel. Women carry a wounded man on a stretcher; women and men prepare the city for battle (laying barbed wire); soldiers march down the road. The Israeli army defeats its Arab foes at Qaqun, and then heads out in pursuit, purportedly aided by Arab elders acting as informants. Shot of corpses in a ditch as the narrator says that those Arabs who refuse to fight are shot by their officers. After the expiration of the ceasefire on July 9th, 1948, the army is again on the move. Soldiers in the field, shooting, with tanks. A nurse bandages a female patient as the narrator says that women have been withdrawn from frontline duty. Arab prisoners in a barbed wire enclosure as the narrator says that some of the prisoners are ex-Nazi officers and SS guards. 01:03:54 Shot of the Washington Monument. The first Israeli diplomatic envoy, Eliahu Epstein, receives James McDonald, first US envoy to Israel, and John Hilldring. The scene shifts to Egypt, where King Abdullah of Jordan and King Farouk of Egypt form an alliance and break the truce by sending Egyptian planes to bomb Tel Aviv on July 8th. Shots of people looking up into the sky and sandbagged buildings. The other Arab allies attack, but are unable to take the cities, and therefore go after the more vulnerable settlements in the North and South. Arab soldiers moving through a field toward a settlement. Before and after shots of a settlement that has come under attack. Israelis secretly construct the Marcus Road (or Burma Road). A Hadassah plane lands and supplies for Jerusalem are unloaded. An airplane carrying the coffin of Colonel David "Mickey" Marcus arrives in the U.S. Brief shot of Moshe Dayan at the airport waiting for the coffin. Marcus is the first former American officer to have died in the war. U.N. peacekeepers enter Israel during the truce. Arabs and Israelis meet to negotiate peace and prisoner exchange. Nurses and children are evacuated from the ruins of the French hospital in Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers flirt with nurses and female soldiers. Jewish women prisoners from the settlement of Kfar Etzion return from Arab captivity. They walk along a dusty road and smile into the camera, then are met by a group of soldiers. Alternating shots of the landscape of Israel and Israeli soldiers at attention. A final intertitle makes a plea for support for the new state through the United Jewish Appeal and the United Palestine Appeal.

Event:  1948
Jerusalem, Israel
Washington, DC, United States
Lake Success, NY, United States
Qaqun, Israel
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Record last modified: 2020-02-04 10:39:06
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