From anti-Zionist activist to Independence Day beacon lighter

Yehuda Meshi Zahav talks with the ‘Magazine’ about his childhood and his work with ZAKA first-responder rescue units in Israel and abroad.

April 20, 2017 18:25
Yehuda Meshi Zahav

Yehuda Meshi Zahav. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Until he was 30, Yehuda Meshi Zahav, an 11th-generation Jerusalemite and a distant cousin on his mother’s side to President Reuven Rivlin, was a staunch anti-Zionist in the forefront of violent demonstrations against Shabbat desecraters.

His mother’s family came from Lithuania at the beginning of the 19th century, and his father’s from Russia. The original surname was Zaidgold, which was translated into Hebrew. His father built the capital’s Mekor Haim neighborhood.


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