(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
On June 6, 1967, at 2:30 a.m., IDF paratroopers stormed Ammunition Hill, a Jordanian outpost strategically located between east and west Jerusalem, en route to the beleaguered Israeli enclave at Mount Scopus.
The soldiers encountered far stronger resistance than they had anticipated and a fierce, bloody battle broke out. Several hours later, as the sun rose over the Hill, the Israelis emerged victorious. But military triumph came at a bitter price: Thirty seven soldiers had been killed in and around Ammunition Hill in close combat among the Jordanian bunkers.
If the Western Wall
stands for the seemingly miraculous military victory, Ammunition Hill has become a sobering symbol of the price Israelis paid to reclaim the lost half of their capital and reunite Jerusalem.
As you’ll see in this week’s CITYsights
video, Ammunition Hill is now a memorial dedicated to the 182 Israeli
soldiers killed during the Six Day War battle for Jerusalem, among them
the fallen at the site. This week, as in previous years, Ammunition Hill
is also the setting of Israel’s annual Jerusalem Day ceremony.
Visitors to Ammunition Hill
can browse through pictures of the fallen, see authentic artifacts from
the battle, and crawl through the trenches and bunkers. An interactive
sound and light show and a full-scale model of Jerusalem allow visitors
to get a true sense of the reality on the ground during those fateful
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