“The Turks are no longer Ruling…”
A view of Eretz Israel in the days of World War I
World War I is a dark chapter in the history of Eretz Israel, a period when people were famished, expelled from their homes, becoming pawns dominated by the conflict between the super-powers.
The exhibit sheds light from several angles, often contrary, on the reality of those days through numerous visual images: photographs, postcards and paintings, rare philatilical items, press clippings, posters, objects and films.
These items build a picture of the main chapters in the war which brought about the end of the Ottoman era in Eretz Israel.
The organization of the Turkish army and mobilization of members of the Yishuv, nullifying the methods of capitulation and postal services during the war, life on the home front and coping with hunger, natural disasters, expulsion from and within the country, the expulsion of all the Tel Aviv inhabitants, the founding of the Hebrew Battalions, the Nili underground, the British forces and their partners, the Balfour Declaration, and the entrance of General Allenby to Jerusalem at the end of the war. Passages from two personal diaries that document events from the home front during the war in chronological order and in real time, through eyes of the writers, accompany the exhibit throughout. The writers were Mordechai Ben-Hillel (in his book War of the Nations), and Khalil al-Sakakini (in his book This is How I am, Gentlemen). The first is a public figure, writer and businessman, one of the founders of Tel Aviv, and the latter – a Christian Arab writer and educator who hid a Jewish acquaintance who had escaped from the Turkish police in his home.
Curator: Sara Turel
Opens: October 14, 2007
Closes: May 20, 2008