Late 1930s and early 1940s life in Jerusalem, Palestine. Views from 1917 era as British military patrol under British Army General Edmund Allenby advances in military trucks up the plains from Gaza. Arab forces riding on camels. The Arabs move in support. Jerusalem is captured by the British in 1917. British men in the city. An aerial view of late 1930s and approximately 1940 "new" Jerusalem contrasting the ancient parts of the city and new building. Narrator descriptions and visual portrayals of nationalism among Jewish and Arab residents in Jerusalem. Jewish men construct what the narrator terms as "a typical Zionist house just going up" Jewish civilians walking on the streets including one woman pushing a baby carriage. Cars move on a street and a view of a bus moving up Queen Mary Avenue. Jewish residents at a beach of Tel Aviv. They enjoy the water and dance the hora at the water's edge. A British man teaches an Arabic farmer the modern methods of agriculture. Men harvest food grains with a harvester. Arab boys in a class get a proper education "as in Europe." Palestinian girls in dresses play a game of basketball. The ex mayor of Jerusalem Hussein al-Khalidi in the center and other people around him.
Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem, Palestine. Soldiers stand with guns. The former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, seated at a desk and in discussion. The Holy Fire ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A congregation stampedes as people light up papers from the holy fire.
The history of the region of Palestine. An animated map of Egypt, Syria desert and Judea. A statute of Assyria King Ashurbanipal. An inscription on a wall depicts the successor of the King on a chariot. The horses of the King. In 721, King of Assyria Sargon on a chariot moving to capture Samaria, capital of Israel. A man walks in ruins of an old Roman ampitheater. Aerial view of olive orchids in the region. Art carving depicts Assyrian warrior Nebuchadnezzar capturing Jerusalem, and a woman pleading for her life.
British Army General Edmund Allenby, the Commander in Chief of the EEF (Egyptian Expeditionary Force), enters Jerusalem, Israel on 11th December, 1917 during World War I. The Commander in Chief converses with commanders of Allied detachments and Attaches before entering the city. He shakes hands with officers and soldiers. Soldiers in the background. General Allenby enters the holy city through the Jaffa Gate on foot. He is accompanied by Allied Ministers and Military Attaches. Officers on horseback. Allied soldiers march. Standing on a platform Sir Allenby reads out Jerusalem Proclamation. A large crowd of soldiers and officers in front of the stage. A reception of civic and religious dignitaries. Sir Allenby shakes hands with the dignitaries.
The Haifa coastline in Palestine. An animated map of Palestine by the Mediterranean. Arrows point to the Valley of Israel, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. The Valley of Israel: Hills, buildings and flora in the valley. Jerusalem: Buildings on a street. Men in a loaded horse cart. Trucks pass by. Pedestrians in the traditional attire. Men in cloaks and women in 'burkha'. Barclays Bank in the background. Haifa: Men lead herd of camels on a street. Buildings. Pedestrians and cars pass by. Loaded boats in the harbor. The Haifa coastline.
The 1947 Jerusalem Riots in Palestine. Views of Jerusalem from a distance. Downtown Jerusalem with traffic and pedestrians. British authorities begin moving pedestrians away from an area. Smoke erupts from smoke bombs in the street. British troops fire machine gun into the air. "Zion Hall" sign is on building in background. Smoke emerging from building windows. Firefighters hose down smoke bombs in street as crowds are held back. A policewoman helps an old man to cross a street. Fire rescue personnel lower a women from a building on a rope. A ladder is set against side of building. People are lowered to sidewalk on stretchers and carried to Israeli ambulance.