Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Civil Defense, Shelters, and Bombs Falling on Tel Aviv Were Facts of Life More than 70 Years Ago

2012: Apartment building damaged in November 2012 by a
Hamas rocket fired from Gaza, November 2012 (credit: Channel 2)
Who can forget the scenes of Israel's citizens scurrying to shelters as Hamas rockets from Gaza fell on cities, towns and villages in recent months and years, or as Hizbullah rockets were fired from Lebanon in 2006, or as Iraqi Scud missiles exploded in Haifa and Tel Aviv during the 1991 Gulf War?

Actually, the civilian populations in the Holy Land have been targets of bombs for more than 70 years. 
1991: Scud damage in Ramat Gan

The American Colony photograph collection at the Library of Congress contains pictures of the civil defense and shelter preparations already in 1939.

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Click on captions to see the originals.

1940: After an Italian air attack on Tel
Aviv in World War II (Damien Peter Parer,
photographer, Australian War Memorial)

Below are pictures from previous attacks, some prior to the creation of Israel. 

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

1948: After an Egyptian air attack on Tel Aviv
(Government Press Office)

1945: Close up of the air raid shelter
sign at Solomon's Quarries

1945: Air raid shelter under Jerusalem's Old City at
Solomon's Quarries (Library of Congress)

1939: Decontamination and air raid exercise at the Jerusalem YMCA sports field
(Library of Congress)

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