Aborting was not an option

Remembering the Lamed-Heh on the 70th anniversary of the battle that killed 35 fighters trying to save Gush Etzion during the War of Independence

January 18, 2018 16:16
THE GRAVES of the Convoy of 35 in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Cemetery

THE GRAVES of the Convoy of 35 in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Cemetery. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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On November 29, 1947, Jews in Jerusalem and throughout Palestine were glued to their radios. Paper and pens in hand, they were tallying the UN General Assembly vote for the partition of Palestine, which would end the British Mandate and establish a Jewish state.

When it was declared the vote had passed, a burst of joy erupted. A spontaneous party formed in front of the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem.


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