On March 11, 1948, a car bomb planted in the courtyard of the Jewish Agency by an Arab terrorist (which is believed to have been smuggled into the heavily-guarded compound in a stolen U.S. Consulate car. )
exploded, killed 13 and wounded nearly 100 civilians.
In this photo a small sports car being used as an ambulance to rush victims to hospital.
International News Photo - 1948. After bombing of Jewish Agency
Photo by: Lasar Dunner - original by radiophoto.
The same building in an early photo
The Keren Hayesod wing of the building was completely destroyed.
The Turkish military escort, was possibly part of the German Emperor's entourage. Close inspection on the left of the photo shows an American flag hanging outside of the Grand or Central Hotel, formerly the Mediterranean Hotel.
Residents of Mishkenot Sha'ananim crawl and run to dodge Arab snipers
as they return to their homes after their day’s work.
In the back ground you can see the Montefiore Windmill.
The spot this photo was taken from would be where todays "Shderot Blumfield" are,
looking from west to east (towards the old city).
During the 1948 war of independence, Arabs snipers fired from the walls of the old city of Jerusalem at the residence of Mishkenot Sha'ananim.
Original photo by AP
Ref #: PA.8673255
During the 1948 blockade of Jerusalem the windmill served as an observation point for Jewish Haganah fighters. In an attempt to impede their activities, the British authorities blew up the top of the windmill in an operation mockingly dubbed by the population "Operation Don Quixote.
View of Hinom Valley in Jerusalem (Chatham University Archives, circa 1880). The photo, probably taken from near the Jaffa Gate, shows the Montefiore windmill, built in 1858, and the Mishkenot Sha'anaim homes beneath it. Are the blades of the windmill blurry because they were moving? That could provide a date for the photo: The mill stopped turning in 1876.
Mishkenot Sha'ananim and the Montefiore Windmill, Jerusalem, the 1930s