Here’s What Palestine Looked Like In 1896

The sight of Christians, Jews and Muslims, all living peacefully side-by-side, may make you a little sad.

1. This film was recovered by Lobster Films, a Paris-based film preservation company.

Cameramen employed by the Lumiere Brothers filmed it.

2. It shows a bustling society, “much like that of Cairo, Damascus, or Beirut, in an Arab city much like any other.”

3. “Palestine has 500,000 inhabitants, of whom 30,000 live in Jerusalem.”

4. “A veiled woman, a Sunni Muslim, one of the majority.”

5. “An orthodox Jew. He too turns away from the camera.”

6. “The holy places of the three religions are scattered across a few hundred square meters.”

7. A Jew reciting a prayer: “He is wearing a Turkish tarboush, and although he prays in Hebrew his everyday language is Arabic.”

8. “Jews form half the population of Jerusalem, but in the country as a whole they make up less than 5% of the total. Christians account for 10% and Muslims 85%.”

9. Watch the full video here.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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