|Jews at Western Wall (circa 1917). Note presence of women,|
Ashkenazi Jews with the fur hats, and Sephardi Jews with the fez.
During Arab riots in the 1920s and during the Arab revolt (1936- 1939) Jews were often attacked in the Old City.
|Orthodox Jews on the way to |
the Western Wall (1934-39) and here
That's why this set of the American Colony's photographs of the Old City is so unusual. It shows Jews walking to the Western Wall between 1934 and 1939 "on their usual Sabbath* walk to the Wailing Wall," according to the caption.
The subjects hide their faces because of their desire to avoid being photographed on the Sabbath.