Down the storied streets of Mamilla

Just outside the Old City lies a tale of destruction, division, unification and renewal.

April 8, 2015 13:10
Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

Mamilla mall in Jerusalem. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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Forty-six-year-old Yitzhak Penso was one of the first Jews killed in Jerusalem during the War of Independence.

Penso had joined the Hagana at the age of 16, during the 1936-1939 Arab revolt against the British and the Jews in Palestine. During World War II, he joined the British Army and took part in battles in Libya, Egypt and Italy. But on December 3, 1947, he was slaughtered by an Arab horde while attempting to rescue Jewish goods in the still-burning shops of the Mamilla commercial center.


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