Interesting shots of a deserted Jerusalem, with army checkpoints, Arabs fighting from a position in the deserted hospital and "taking" an occupied farmhouse near Jenin.
Unused / unissued footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Jerusalem and the hills around Jenin, Israel / Palestine
LS General views of Jerusalem. One shot taken through a keyhole shaped frame. Another shows a fort outside Jerusalem. Shots of the buildings and streets show an apparently deserted city except for the occasional armoured vehicle and Israeli (?) Army checkpoint. (13 shots). MS Crowded Arab market in Jerusalem. MS High shots looking down on the damaged rooves of buildings hit in the fighting. (3 shots). MS Two Arab sentries at their gun post. MS Exterior view of a fort, with Arab soldier on the roof turret. LS Interior view deserted hospital ward, Arab soldiers look down from the windows. LS Bare bed frames in deserted ward. CU Bullet holes in wall of hospital ward, pan to empty beds. CU Rear view, Arab soldier firing with automatic weapon from shelter of hospital. (3 shots). MS Arab soldier crossing balcony of hospital on all fours, out of the firing line. LS High shot, Jerusalem and surrounding hills, as seen from the hospital window. (3 shots). CU Two Arab sentries firing through sandbagged window position. MS Deserted hospital ward. (2 shots). LS Three men, an Arab soldier and two religious clerics (possibly Jewish), crossing the ward, keeping low and away from the windows. LS The group of soldiers and clerics standing in the corridor and surveying the scene outside, pan from corridor to window showing view of Jerusalem. MS Arabs with clerics, talking in a group. LS Dark corridor of the hospital with sick people lying on the floor. MS Various shots of the group of soldiers and clerics standing in the hospital compound, and watching Arab soldiers firing out from their positions on walls of the fort. MS Low angle shots of a building with a flag or pennant flying from the roof. CU Members of Samaritan religious sect, some in turbans, others in fezzes, silhouetted against evening sky. MS Various shots of the religious sect entering building (place of worship, possibly a Mosque(?)), removing shoes before doing so. MS and CU. Various shots of male members of sect prostrating themselves in prayer. MS A devotee stands in the open air and bows in prayer. LS Hills near Jenin, showing Arab infantry in foreground. LS Infantry advancing across field under fire. LS General scenes of fighting near Jenin. The soldiers in position behind a wall on a road, firing across a field at an occupied (?) farmhouse. They advance across the field, climb the wall of the farm, and take occupation of the position. MS Arab soldier praying in middle of field.
Cataloguer's Note: The last scene of this item could be staged for the camera. "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 21/6/48.