LONDON IN JERUSALEM

With tea at the tower and cocktails in the citadel, the Tower of David Museum explores culture in the city during 1918-1948.

By SIMONE MASHA
May 30, 2018 13:48
Edna and Muli Azrieli visit the reconstruction of their famous Fink’s bar in Jerusalem

Edna and Muli Azrieli visit the reconstruction of their famous Fink’s bar in Jerusalem. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

ON DECEMBER 11, 1917, on the steps of the Tower of David in Jerusalem’s Old City, General Allenby proclaimed British rule and in 1922 the British implemented the Mandate established by the League of Nations. British rule over Jerusalem lasted thirty years: a mere moment in the 3,000year history of the city. However, in this brief moment, Jerusalem was dramatically changed.

Jerusalem became the administrative center of Mandatory Palestine and the city had a status that it previously did not own under Ottoman rule. Under British auspices, processes of modernization, which began during the late Ottoman Period, came to fruition. Jerusalem enjoyed financial and cultural prosperity and the city’s population grew.

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