Wednesday September 5th marks the anniversary of the day the British officially imposed the British Mandate over the Land of Israel in 1923. The British first wrested control of the area from the Ottoman Empire in 1917 during World War I. Over the next several years, various promises were made as to the fate of the Jewish community in the region.
The Mandate finally ended in 1948 when Israel declared independence from their rule.
The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive is presenting several films on their website which deals with the Mandate period. Include din the collection are Inauguration of the Balfour Forest (1928), Levant Fair (1932): High Commissioner Arthur Wauchope is present at the opening of the fair in Tel Aviv, The First Maccabiah (1932): Documents the first Maccabiah games in Tel Aviv in 1932, and The Day Came (1950): Shows the end of the Mandate and the establishment of the State of Israel.