Towering officer

‘A General and a Gentleman – Allenby at the Gates of Jerusalem.'

By MIKKI SHANA
December 28, 2017 21:26
A report on the historic entry of Field Marshall Edmund Allenby to Jerusalem on December 11, 1917

Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, Sara Viscountess Allenby, Eilat Lieber, director of the Tower of David Museum, John and Christina BensonA report on the historic entry of Field Marshall Edmund Allenby to Jerusalem on December 11, 1917. (photo credit: MATSON PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

2017 WAS a year of commemorating historic dates: 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem, 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, and on December 9, 2017, 100 years since the Ottoman mayor of Jerusalem surrendered to the British. The hero of this story, General Edmund Allenby, who entered the city on December 11, 1917, became a symbol of “the noble British Empire and its enlightened rule in the Holy Land.”

In a special edition marking the first anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem on December 6, 1918, the Palestine News reported: “And the conqueror of Jerusalem, holy to all nations of the world and all the regions, he is the hero of the hour, about whom legends shall be woven: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. And his memory shall remain blessed, especially in the annals of those to whom he said: I and the armies under my command are proud of the fact that it fell to us to liberate your country from tyranny.”

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