Scenes of the departure of the British High Commissioner for Palestine, Alan Cunningham, and the signing of the Proclamation of Independence by Ben Gurion and the first Israeli cabinet.
Haifa and Tel Aviv, Israel / Palestine
LS and MS High Commissioner for Palestine, General Sir Alan Cunningham, inspecting guard-of-honour of Palestine Police, at Haifa airport. (3 shots). LS Shot from refugees ship as it approaches Palestine, Haifa in background. British destroyer at mid distance. MS Cunningham bidding farewell to various commanders at Haifa airport. MS Sign marked "Haifa airport." MS Low angle, gunners' position on airport roof. LS Palestine Police guard-of-honour coming to attention. LS Cunningham's aircraft (Avro Anson) arriving at Haifa airport. MS Cunningham and three other military types standing to attention in front of above mentioned aircraft. CU Cunningham talking. LS Low angle British gunners on roof tops. LS Another British Guard-of-Honour for Cunningham, this time at Haifa docks. LS Cunningham arriving in car at docks. LS Guard of honour (ships and docks installations in background.) Pan to Grenadier Guards presenting arms, pan to LS. LS Naval launch taking Cunningham out to the Cruiser that will take him from Palestine. MS Troops on the quayside. MS Cunningham inspecting guard of honour on dockside. CU Cunningham shaking hands with Army commander. CU Inspecting troops. MS Low angle troops on airport (Haifa) control tower roof, pan down to bagpipe band playing. CU Bagpipe player. MS Back view Cunningham boarding naval launch. MS Cunningham reviewing guard of honour on quayside. MS Cunningham greeting naval commander on dockside. MS Flagstaff flying Union Jack and another flag. MS Palestine police guard of honour on Haifa airport. MS Cunningham on Haifa Airport bidding farewell to representatives of Haifa's Jewish and Arab communities. CU Cunningham shaking hands with an Arab then a Jewish official. Back view of above scene. CU Cunningham. CU Grenadier Guardsman's head. (Side view). MS Cunningham inspecting Palestine police guard of honour of Haifa airport. CU Bonnet of car carrying Star of David flag. CU Haganah army type. MS Haganah soldier and Jewish crowd around. MS David Ben-Gurion, President, addressing the cabinet of new Jewish State of Israel. CU David Ben-Gurion. MS Applauding members of the new cabinet, panning to platform. CU Jewish cabinet types listening. MS Side view of Ben-Gurion speaking. MS Jewish crowd cheering and waving in the street. CU Israeli flag flying from building. CU Jewish crowd cheering. CU Side view of Ben-Gurion speaking. MS Cabinet platform with leading Jewish officials seated. MS Front view of cabinet member signing Proclamation of Independence. (2 shots). MS Back side view Jewish members of Government signing the proclamation. CU Same member signing. MS Golda Meyerson, (looks like Golda Meir) Zionist organiser signing. MS People watching the signing, man taking photographs. MS Side view leading cabinet officials on platform. CU David Ben-Gurion. MS Cabinet and audience standing up. LS Cabinet and audience seated, Ben-Gurion speaking. MS Side view Ben-Gurion speaking. CU Ben-Gurion speaking. MS Side view of audience standing and applauding. CU Ben-Gurion standing by member holding up Charter of Independence. CU Member of the cabinet. MS Car driving Ben-Gurion away. MS Building in Tel Aviv where declaration was signed. CU. Haganah type. MS Jewish troops, coming to attention and presenting arms. MS Troops marching into building. LS Elevated shot of procession of cars passing along road. LS Gurion's car surrounded by crowds. MS Crowds swarming round the building where the declaration was signed. (3 shots). MS Side view top of building flying Israeli flag panning down to swarming crowds greeting arrival of Ben-Gurion's car. MS Gurion's car arriving. LS and MS Spitfire aircraft of the Egyptian Air Force lying wrecked on beach. (2 shots). LS and CU Another shot of aircraft. MS Small boat bringing in Jewish refugees to the dock at Haifa. CU Jewish man wearing sun glasses and black beret. MS More refugees being given refreshments. CU Young Jewish girl drinking. CU Refugees stepping ashore. (2 shots). MS Craft bringing refugees and luggage ashore about to dock.