Exhibition: A general and a gentleman

The Tower of David Museum commemorates Gen. Edmund Allenby and the dawn of the British Mandate with a reenactment and a new exhibition.

December 28, 2017 13:53
At the opening of the December 11 exhibition on the steps of the Tower of David (front row): Christi

At the opening of the December 11 exhibition on the steps of the Tower of David (front row): Christina Benson; Mayor Nir Barkat; John Benson, Gen. John Shea’s great-grandson; Lady Sara Allenby; and the Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe. At the podium, the actor playing Gen. Edmund Allenby i. (photo credit: RICKY RACHMAN)


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Jerusalem has a long and nuanced history. The city has been fought over like a prize jewel, with many people laying claim to it, only to have it slip from their grasp.

A hundred years ago, in December 11, 1917, Gen. Edmund Allenby stood on the steps of what is now the Tower of David and ushered in a new and critically important chapter in Jerusalem’s story. He was leading the British Empire’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force to victory in its Sinai and Palestine Campaign to defeat the Ottoman Empire.


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