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Through Jerusalem’s Dung Gate

Palestinians enter the Dung Gate, also known as Silwan Gate and Bab Haret al-Maghariba, ca. 1940–60; the picture was taken by Matson Photo Service.


Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs division [LC-DIG-matpc-04463]

Palestinians, mostly women, enter Jerusalem’s Dung Gate, while carrying what appear to be metal pots on their heads, between 1940 and 1946. The Dung Gate, also known as the Silwan Gate and Bab Haret al-Maghariba, is one of the seven gates of Jerusalem’s Old City (see The Gates of the Old City). It leads to what used to be Haret al-Maghariba, which was razed by Israel in June 1967, causing the expulsion of its inhabitants (see The Destruction of Jerusalem’s Moroccan Quarter: From Centuries-Old Maghrebi Community to Western Wall Prayer Plaza).

The gate was enlarged in 1952 following the Nakba and the closure of the Jaffa Gate during the 1948 War.