Les bâtiments de "Al-Ishleh" ("Ghshla" pour les Arméniens) étaient la propriété du Patriarcat armnénien de Jérusalèm
qui en avait fait un bail de 99 ans au gouvernement jordanien pour un dinar symbolique.
- List of most of the young Armenian men :
- Front Row: Sukias Marashellian, Hovhaness Koltchakian, Apraham Sinnanian, Hagop, Mourad Zadoyan, John Baghssarian, Berge Kukeian, Garbis Markarian, a policeman, Assadour Anteriassian, Kevork "George" Nigogghossian, Hrant Devedjian, Vartkes Inglizian, Apraham Nazigian (the only real volunteer in the group),
- Seated: Jordanian Army officers.
Standing 1st row from left to right: Markar Diradourian, Hagop Meneshian, Samuel Chekidjian, Hovsep Hovsepian (the godfather), Zaven Simonian, Jordanian
soldier, Haig Mnatsaganian, Vartan Khatchadourian, Vartan Melkonian, Garbis Megerditchian, Hagop Balekjian, Serop Koloshian, a policman, Hadjian, Hagop Varjabedian.
- Standing 2nd Row from left to right: Unknown, Unknown, Haroutune Dokmedjian, Kegham Markarian, Unknown, Unknown, Hagop Zadorian, Khatcho Kevorkian?, Unknown, Unknown.
Photo mise sur web par Minas Minassian (Australie) - The mid fifties were years of nationalist agitation throughout the Arab
world. Palestinian Nationalists demanded military training from the Jordanian
authorities who controlled the West Bank then. To pacify them,the Jordanians
formed the Harras al-Wathani or National Guard. To be sure, the Armenians were not
very keen to join and many youths did their utmost to dodge this forced
conscription. There are many amusing stories in this regard that have become part
of the Jerusalem lore. The political situation gradually changed and the Guard
was soon disbanded to the comport and joy of all the young men and their
parents. Edward Hagopian (from New York - in Jerusalem till 1967)