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Reproduce Battle of Joab with Ammonites for “king David” Film

October 21, 1924
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2,000 men, gathered from 16 villages, dressed as the ancient Israelites and Phillistines, under the leadership of the shiek of shieks, Abdul Hamid Abou Ghosh, engaged in a heated battle with ancient weapons and strategy near the village of Ain-Arick. This battle took place under the protection of a squadron of the Palestine gendarmes and in the presence of Mr. Harry Southwell. Its purpose was to reproduce a battle between the ancient Ammonites and Israeites under the leadership of the Biblical hero, Joab, as part of a film to be known as “King David” which will depict many fascinating incidents in the Bible about this period of Jewish history.

The picture is being made by the Mizpah Films, an Australian syndicate affiliated with the British United Theatres and Films, Ltd.

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