|Zion Gate (1860) by Peter Bergheim. Note the |
smooth walls. Duringthe 1948 war fighting
the stones of the Zion Gate were pock-marked
from bullets and shells.
The location and name "Zion Gate" appear on maps dating back to the 12th century. It is one of eight gates in the Old City Wall.
|Expulsion of Jews from the Jewish Quarter in the 1948 War|
through the Zion Gate (John Philips for Life Magazine)
|Camels leaving "David's Portal"|
Located between Mt. Zion and the Jewish and Armenian Quarters, the gate was the setting for fierce fighting during the 1948 war. A small Palmach force, commanded by David "Dado" Elazar (later IDF chief of staff in 1973), attempted to break through the gate on May 19 to relieve the beseiged Jewish Quarter. They were met with stiff resistance by the Jordanian Legion and were forced to withdraw.