As I skimmed through the pictures, one theme caught my eye -- the expulsion of Jews from Jerusalem. Time and again.
|Arch of Titus in Rome showing the spoils of Jerusalem|
But in the Library of Congress collection, we can also find pictures of Jews being evacuated during Arab riots and pograms in 1929 and 1936, as well. In 1948, Life Magazine's John Phillips photographed the heart-wrenching pictures of Jews of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem captured by Jordanian soldiers or being expelled.
70 CE. 1929, 1936. 1948. Too many times.
|Jewish evacuation from Jerusalem's Old City after 1929 pogroms|
|Jews evacuating the Old City during the 1936 Arab revolt against Britain|
|The expulsion of Jews from the Old City under the guns of Jordanian soldiers (John Phillips)|
The actual photos presented here may not be seared into the Jewish people's collective memory. But they are permanent scars on their collective heart. It's a fact that those policy-makers should bear in mind. It's another important emotion behind the declaration, "Never again."
|Jews streaming into the Jewish Quarter 2011|
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