Everyone talks about the Nakba, but no one ever stops to think about what the Jews of Jerusalem went through when 5 Arab states and the local Arabs attacked the fledgling Jewish state to destroy it. Jerusalem was divided. Jews were kicked out of their homes with nothing more than what they could carry on their backs.
The Jews of Jerusalem became refugees.
I received an email today from Hadar-Israel with reprints of old Life Magazine photographs taken by John Phillips in May and June 1948. I share them with you. (Life Magazine's Pictures of Jerusalem 1948 - all photos by John Phillips © Time Inc., Courtesy of LIFE.com)
Jerusalem Girl Fleeing from the Arab onslaught.
Jerusalem Jews evacuating their homes in 1948 - not to be able to return until 1967.
Not everyone could escape the Arabs in time and were forced to surrender.
The Red Cross helping Jewish refugees forced to flee from the Arab occupation of Jerusalem.
A Jewish refugee from the Old City after the Arabs occupied it.
Jews fleeing their home through Zion Gate.
Photo of Jews waiting to be evacuated from their homes in the Old City.
What the Arabs did to the Jewish homes and neighborhood after the Jews were evacuated.
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