|"The End of Ottoman Rule in Jerusalem, December 9, 1917." Two cavalrymen from|
the British forces hoisting a Turkish flag on their bayonets. (Ottoman Imperial Archives)
|The sergeants accepting the surrender of Jerusalem|
December 9, 1917 (Library of Congress)
The Monash archives provided a picture of Turkish soldiers hurrying into the Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem's Old City on December 9, 1917, "driven from the outlying hills by our men," the caption reads. From the Old City they continued their retreat toward the Dead Sea.
But the photo was not very clear. The Ottoman Archives photo below is so clear that viewers can see the writing on the building on the left, "Bezalel" in Hebrew and English. The Bezalel pavilion was built outside of the Jaffa Gate in 1912 to sell souvenirs and crafts made at the Bezalel Academy of Arts. The structure was demolished in 1918 by the British.
|Turkish retreat from the Jerusalem hillsides on December 9, 1917. The Bezalel Pavilion is on the left.|
(Ottoman Imperial Archives)