Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Photos, 1948

When you’re looking for one thing, often you find something else, equally interesting and distressingly diverting. Today, I came across two examples of the work of John Phillips, the photojournalist who worked for Time-Life for several decades mid-twentieth century.

The first is this rather horrible image, captioned ‘A 13-yr-old Arab boy lying dead on street of Haifa while flies swarm over him’ on the Getty Images website. The child’s head is obscured by a bucket, his shows have come off, and a passing British soldier looks down, his face completely devoid of expression.

The second image, taken about a month later, shows the two senior Rabbis of the Old City of Jerusalem negotiating the surrender of the Jewish community there to Arab League forces. I found it on a website entitled ‘Ben Atlas‘, but what caught my eye was a note in Hebrew added by the website owner, said to be from an Israeli internet forum, and translated thus: “The Rabbis of Jerusalem Rabbi Israel Mintzberg, my grandfather, head of the old city Jewish Court and the Sephardi Rabbi is Rabbi Hazan. Both went in self-sacrifice with a white flag to surrender despite the Haganah commanders objecting and even firing at them because the heads of the [Jewish] government wanted the fate of the people of the Jewish quarter to be that of the people of Masada, that they all will die.”

Which is an interesting perspective.


One comment on “Photos, 1948

  1. Pingback: Palästinenser beim Lügen zu Kultfoto erwischt | abseits vom mainstream - heplev

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This entry was posted on December 20, 2011 by in Art, Middle East, Palestine, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , .
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