P is for pillbox in this contribution to ABC Wednesday.
Jerusalem still has about four old pillboxes. The one above is on Hebron Road.
They are remnants of the British Mandate Period, and someday Jerusalem may turn them into mini-museums.
The British built pillboxes throughout Eretz Israel during the Arab riots of 1936-39.
These guardposts were meant to protect the main roads.
They were made of concrete and had a steel door, a slit from which to fire, and a flat roof.
This modern structure outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center is meant to recall the old pillboxes and the struggle.
This more recent pillbox in near the Jerusalem neighborhood Gilo, overlooking the West Bank village of Beit Jalla.