|"Village elders at the well" were actually Jewish dignitaries |
attending the British High Commissioner's first meeting
after two years of British military rule. (1920)
Can anyone identify the three?
But sometimes, the curators just don't know, as was the case with this picture. In one copy of the photo the caption reads "Village Elders at the Well."
|Samuel's arrival in Jaffa in June 1920|
Well, we know exactly when and where the photograph was taken: July 7, 1920 in the garden of the Government House where the new British High Commissioner, Herbert Samuel, introduced himself and read a proclamation announcing the end of military rule in Palestine. Earlier postings of Israel Daily Picture presented pictures of Samuel's landing in Jaffa two weeks earlier and the reception at Government House.
|Other Jewish dignitaries at the High|
Commissioner's proclamation: Eliezer Ben-
Yehuda stands behind (from left) Rabbi
Moshe Leib Bernstein, Rabbi Yosef
Chaim Sonnenfeld, the chief rabbi of
Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox community,
Rabbi Yerucham Diskin, and Rabbi
Baruch Reuven Jungreis
|Samuel and the Sheikh of Be'er Sheva|
in the doorway. In the foreground we
can see the "elder" rabbi's turban
|Samuel delivering his proclamation at|
[Prior to 1880, Jews] came to pray and to die in the Holy Land, and to be buried in its soil. After the persecutions in Russia forty years ago , the movement of the Jews to Palestine assumed larger proportions. Jewish agricultural colonies were founded. They developed the culture of oranges and gave importance to the Jaffa orange trade. They cultivated the vine, and manufactured and exported wine. They drained swamps. They planted eucalyptus trees. They practised, with modern methods, all the processes of agriculture. There are at the present time 64 of these settlements, large and small, with a population of some 15,000. Every traveller in Palestine who visits them is impressed by the contrast between these pleasant villages, with the beautiful stretches of prosperous cultivation about them and the primitive conditions of life and work by which they are surrounded.]Click on the photos to enlarge.
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