Fifty years ago today, 5 June 1967, according to the Gregorian Calendar, the Six Days War began. At the time my wife Mary and I were students at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (now the Jerusalem University College) which then was located in a Christian Missionary Alliance building on 55 Street of the Prophets. Much has been written about this war (see below for a great book on the subject) but I thought I would share eight pictures that I took at that time.
In the center middle Gorgina “Snook” Young and behind her, to the right, Dr. G. Douglas Young (founder and visionary of the Institute of Holy Land Studies). Carl Rasmussen (red shirt on left) content provider to this site, and his wife Mary, blue dress front left. Below and to the right of Dr. Young, Dr. Donald Dayton. Back left, Dr. Paul Ferris and below him to the right his wife Lois.
There were no “bomb shelters” in our area so we gathered in the lowest level of our three–story building. Most of the other houses in the area were one–story tall, so the neighbors gathered in our building for protection.
The first night of the war the shelling was rather intense in our area. Some plaster was falling off the walls but we were never directly hit.
The Israel Defense Forces had called up all kinds of civilian vehicles to transport troops.
During the war some of the Israeli troops rested during the daylight hours. We offered them refreshing juice (mitz).
The “joke” in Mary’s family is that two of her brothers served in the USA military, but Mary has been though 2 wars (yes, we were in Israel for the Yom Kippur War).
Sidelight: during the (1967) war Mary and I went to help at a hospital called Misgav Ladach. Later, in 1977, our third son Andrew was born in that same hospital!
For a well–researched (and written) book on the war see Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War — June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
And for a recently disclosed Israeli Go Nuclear Option see Here (I am glad we missed this one!).