Palestinian disturbances 1936 (311).
(photo credit: American Colony-Jerusalem-Photo Dept)
The Library of Congress has recently digitalized a collection of over 10,000
photographs, taken by the "American Colony" in Jerusalem, a group of Christian
utopians who lived in Jerusalem between 1881 and the 1940s. The photographers
returned to the US, and bequeathed their massive collection to the Library of
Congress in 1978. The collection includes Winston Churchill's visit to
Jerusalem, Jewish expulsions from the Old City during Arab riots, and the
building of Tel Aviv.
The Arab revolt in Palestine (1936-1939) was a frequent subject for the American
Colony photographers. They recorded on film the Arab attacks on Jews, British
soldiers, and strategic targets such as the railroad network in Palestine. They
also photographed the sometimes draconian British response.
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