A monumental experience

Look closely as you walk around the city and you will see a number of war memorials you have never noticed before.

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September 12, 2013 12:11
In memory of the 572 soldiers from the Etzioni Brigade

In memory of the 572 soldiers from the Etzioni Brigade. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)

 
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It’s right there in plain sight, near the bottom of Mount Zion and diagonally opposite the Sultan’s Pool. Yet few people know why the smooth rock sprawling on the slopes is inscribed with the name “Avshalom Sela.”

Between 1948 and 1967, the Old City was in Jordanian hands – but Israel held Mount Zion. To keep a foothold on their side of the border, Israeli forces regularly patrolled the road between the Old City walls and the Greek Orthodox Seminary on the mountain. On July 4, 1962, in one of many incidents that the Jordanian army labeled a “momentary craziness,” one of its men shot and killed the patrol’s commander, Capt. Avshalom Sela. Following his death, the army halted its patrols on this path.

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