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.
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.
Israeli Arabs in a mosque in Jerusalem, Israel. They arrive at a mosque and wash their feet. They remove their shoes and enter the mosque for the first time in 20 years after the Israeli government opened the captured shrines for people of all faiths. Men pray at the mosque. Men enter the Mosque of Omar. Israeli Arab families reunite as they hug and greet each other.
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.
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.
A Jewish university in Jerusalem, Palestine. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Director of the Library Professor G. Weil seated at a desk with other professors. He works with them, exchanges ideas and finally tells them the result of his research. A portrait of David Wolffsohn, the second president of the World Zionist Organization, on a wall. Professor G. Weil writes the proposed word and submits it to his colleagues. His colleagues examine and approve the word. A professor of mathematics shows a manuscript page on relativity to his pupils. The professor takes the page out of the case in which it was kept and shows it to his students. The manuscript page has the signature of Albert Einstein.