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   Jerusalem – 1947 and early 1948. British security zones (called "Bevingrads" by the Jews) that cut up the city. A "Bevingrad" such as this was near the National Institutions Building
In these areas and their surroundings, the British soldiers and policemen were trigger-happy, as can be learned from a news item from October 26, 1947: "A torrent of hundreds of bullets was poured by the security forces throughout the city. The Keren Hayesod building was completely perforated by bullets." Although the news item seems exaggerated, it indicates the reality in Jerusalem in early 5708-1948.
Later in the year, as the siege on Jerusalem tightened, the reality of life in the city became even more difficult: Shots, sabotage, food and water shortages and, after the establishment of the state, artillery shelling of the Jordanian Arab Legion become the lot of the Jerusalemites nearly every day.
The following are some examples of the "involvement" of the National Institutions Building and its surroundings in the shooting incidents already during the British Mandate period: On February 5, 1948, 28-year-old Yehuda Kashyov was shot and killed while guarding the barricade at the entrance to the Rehavia Neighborhood, behind the National Institutions Building. The shots originated from the British security zone and the soldiers prevented members of the "People's Guard" from entering

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