In Our Hands – A New Film about the Six-Day War

A new docudrama in honor of Yom Yerushalayim and the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem.


In the News, Jewish HistoryMay 9, 2017

In the NewsMay 9, 2017


    Screenshots from the new In Our Hands documentary drama film.

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A new film, released to select theaters for one night only, tells the story of Jerusalem’s liberation and reunification to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim.

On June 7, 1967, the first Jewish army since the days of the apostles and the fall of Jerusalem, broke through the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The soldiers of the 55th Paratroopers Brigade were the first Jews to set foot in the Old City for nineteen years, since the end of the War for Independence. The soldiers pushed through Lions Gate toward the holy Temple Mount. Commander Motta Gur broadcast the stunning announcement: “The Temple Mount is in our hands! The Temple Mount is in our hands!” (Har HaBayit BeYadeinu!, !הר הבית בידינו‎‎) For the first time since the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, the Jewish people had possession of the Temple Mount and Old City Jerusalem.

June 7, 1967, corresponds to Iyyar 28 on the Hebrew calendar. Every year on Iyyar 28, we celebrate the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem with a holiday called Yom Yerushalayim, i.e., “Jerusalem Day.” This year, Yom Yerushalayim begins at sunset on Tuesday, May 23 and concludes at sunset on Wednesday, May 24.

It’s been fifty years since the Six-Day War, the conflict that changed the face of the Middle East, liberated Jerusalem and announced to the world that the God of Israel is alive and well. In celebration of the anniversary, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) has prepared a dramatized documentary film about the liberation of Jerusalem titled “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem.” The title is based on Commander Motta Gur’s famous declaration, “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” You can learn about the film here or watch the trailer below.

The new film dramatizes the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade and their decision to take the Old City and Temple Mount. The docudrama includes firsthand interviews and historical reenactments to tell the story of one of the greatest miracles of the modern era.

CBN should be applauded for telling the story of the Six-Day War to today’s Christians. The older generation of Christian Zionists may remember the events, but most Gen Xers and Millenials are unaware of the story.

If you want to see the film on the big screen, however, you will have a narrow window of opportunity. The film is being released to select theaters in the United States for one night only: Tuesday, May 23, the eve of Yom Yerushalayim. Theater listings and group ticket options are available at inourhands1967.com.

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About the Author: D. Thomas Lancaster is Director of Education at First Fruits of Zion, the author of the Torah Club programs and several books and study programs. He is also the pastor of Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, WI. More articles by D. Thomas Lancaster

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