Pictures of the Holy Land from over 100 years ago

Lenny Ben David, a diplomat, analyst, lobbyist, editor and writer has set up a new blog called “A Picture a Day“.  It contains fascinating pictures of Israel, or the Holy Land or Palestine as it was then known as, which were in the possession of the Library of Congress and have now been digitalized and made public.

Not only is this photo blog a wonderful look at life in the olden days, but it is a very useful aid in countering anti-Israel propaganda which claims that the Jews are newcomers to the land, having no previous connection before 1948, or that the local “Palestinians”, i.e. Arab residents, were dispossessed.

Here are a couple of photos but go and look at the whole blog, and stay updated with it too. I find it simply enthralling.

From the “Building Tel Aviv” post showing how it was the hard physical graft of the Jews that built this thriving city:

Building Tel Aviv

Building Tel Aviv

Immigration camps for Jews, which should make the Arabs blush with shame at their complaints about their “refugee camps”.

Immigration camp

Immigration camp in Tel Aviv

Another post I would recommend is “The Jews of Jerusalem 100 years ago“. Once again this goes to counter the lies that the Jews have no connection to Jerusalem.

One of the most poignant posts is about Jews fleeing Jerusalem after pogroms in 1929, 1936 and 1948.

Jews fleeing Jerusalem 1929

Jews fleeing Jerusalem after pogroms in 1929

Jews expelled from Jerusalem in 1948

Jews expelled by Jordan from Jerusalem in 1948

Read the whole thing, feast your eyes and immerse yourselves in history. You won’t regret it!

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4 Responses to Pictures of the Holy Land from over 100 years ago

  1. lady red says:

    Annie, what a great find! The photos are a gold-mine of history. I’m hooked!

  2. The pictures are fantastic, the film of Churchill, Abdullah and the Chief Rabbi of Israel 1921, says it all by the look Abdullah gave Harav Kook. Looking forward to see more and more.

    Itzhak Margalith

    • anneinpt says:

      Thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog Itzhak. I also find these photos fascinating. I can’t take any credit for them – I just found them via Twitter and posted the link here. They form a real piece of history.

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