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Two tours on the struggle to build the State of Israel and the fight for its survival.

posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:10 PM by Jack Cadranel
On Monday January 30th explore Mount Herzl and the Military Cemetery. On this quiet and beautiful hillside overlooking the Jerusalem Hills you can trace the struggle to establish the State of Israel and to sustain it. Many of the great leaders of the Zionist movement and of the State of Israel are buried here. Immigrants who died trying to reach Israel's shores, the defenders of the Old City of Jerusalem and of the Etzion Bloc and those who fought in all of Israel's wars are remembered here each with their own unique memorial. There are many stories to be told here.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. at the entrance to the Military Cemetery. (Buses 21, 21א or light rail)
 
Our walking tour on Wednesday February 1st is about Exile and Return. It follows the drama of the battle for the Jewish Quarter in 1948 and 1967. In the 1948 War of Independence the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was under siege. Despite the valiant fight of its defenders it fell to the Arab Legion just two weeks after the establishment of the State of Israel. The fighters were taken into captivity and the rest of the residents expelled. For 19 years until its recapture by Israeli troops in the Six Day War in 1967 Jews did not set foot in the Old City.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just outside the Zion Gate. Please wear modest dress for this tour.
 
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Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered. Registration in advance is required. Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com . Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water. Each walking tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 70 per person plus site entrance fees. There is a small site entrance fee on Wednesday's tour.
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