Lot 41: Album with More than 150 High-Quality, Beautiful Photographs of a French Photographer - Jerusalem and the Land of Israel, 1925 - Includes Extremely Rare Photographs of the Arabic Response to Balfour's Visit to Israel and the Opening of the Hebrew University
April 19, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Beside many of the photographs there are French inscription explaining what can be seen in them. The Balfour declaration expressed the great truth of Shivat Zion after two thousand years of exile. The declaration that the British government, which then ruled the Land of Israel, "views with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" was a constitutive document of the establishment of the Jewish State. Millions of Jews perceived the declaration as the voice of the Messiah. In 1925, Lord Balfour, who represented the miracle of the revival of the Jewish nation, came to Israel for the grand opening of the Hebrew University. He visited Tel Aviv and Jewish settlements around the country and of course, attended the grand opening of the university. For the Arabs, the Balfour declaration had been a cause for grief. Therefore, Balfour's visit to the country and the opening of the university were perceived as a great victory of Zionism and they flew black flags as a symbol of their mourning. The album before us contains extremely rare photographs of the Arabic mourning and the flying of black flags. One of the photographs is that of the house of "the Defense Committee of Islam" ("le comit? de d?fense de l'islam") which was headed by the Mufti Amin al-Husseini, one of the bitterest enemies of Jews in the 20th century. The house, in the Morasha (Mussrara) neighborhood in Jerusalem, still exists and serves as a photography school. On the same page, there is a photograph from the grand opening of the Hebrew University showing a British soldier securing the event. A few pages forward there is a photograph of an Arab with a black flag in his hand riding a horse and photographs of the "Nabi Musa" celebrations. The photograph shows masses of Arabs with black flags in their hands. Another interesting photograph shows a long line of people waiting near the house of the "Supreme Moslem Council". The album also contains many high-quality photographs of various sites in Jerusalem, among them: the Golden Gate, the Jaffa Gate, the allies of the Old City, David's Citadel and many more as well as beautiful the remnants of the ancient synagogue of Caperneum and more. Additional interesting photographs: Arab and Bedouin families in Nazareth, the Samaritan high priest, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Mosque of Omar on Temple Mount and monks in the yard of the convent. There is also a photograph of a Jewish funeral, which we have no knowledge of and photographs from Beirut and Alexandria. All the photographs are of high quality and well-preserved. Album with original cloth cover.