Meeting of the United Nations Security Council at Lake Success, New York, in 1947. A representative of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and National Council of the Jews of Palestine [possibly Abba Hillel Silver] presents a statement approved by those groups on march 23, 1947. They object and are disappointed in the position taken by the United States regarding Palestine's administration, and state that at the end of the mandatory administration, a provisional Jewish Government will be established, not later than May 16th. The Soviet Union's representative to the UN, Andrei Gromyko, is seated at the same table, wearing dark glasses.
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.
During time of the 1947 Jerusalem Riots. A group of Israeli men walks past a building on a field. An open ditch and laying of a pipeline. Children planting in a field. Palestinians with rifles.
A newsreel titled 'US-Russia back UN plan for Holy Land' shows Jewish refugees on board a former American vessel as they reach Haifa Palestine after traveling from a Black Sea port. Writing on ship says "Hagana Ship - Jewish State". Passengers hold up a dead infant for those on the docks to see, a victim of the overcrowded ship conditions. British forces patrol the docks before passenger disembark. Fatigued refugees, including families with small children, disembark from the ship as the injured and sick are carried away on stretchers. Passengers are sprayed with delousing agent powder to control spread of disease. Other passengers seen embarking a ship from dock for transport to Cypress detention camps, rather than facing deportation to Europe. Scene change to United Nations meeting at Lake Success New York. United States delegate, Herschel Johnson, addresses a meeting of General Assembly's Special Committee on Palestine, expressing support for proposed partition of Palestine.
A newsreel titled 'Terror grips Palestine' shows passports of Jews being checked as they leave the country. They board a train and wave goodbye. A ship carrying large number of Jews arrives at the coast and the injured are being carried away. People disembark from the ship. Bomb blast occurs at British Officers Club in Palestine killing 16 people. Injured being carried out from a wrecked building by the soldiers. Suspects being arrested and captives being searched for weapons. Soldiers patrol the streets as Martial Law is imposed in the city.
A newsreel titled, 'World focus on Palestine' shows aftermath of a bomb blast at the Labor department headquarters in Palestine that killed 3 British soldiers. Injured being rescued from the wrecked building by soldiers as smoke rises from it. Tightened security as soldiers search people thoroughly on the streets. In France, 4500 Jewish refugees on board a ship Runnymede Park, being supplied with food and the injured being carried away for medical treatment.