Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Countering Bias and Misinformation mainly about the Arab-Israel conflict

Machal-Nachal Reunion, October 10, 2006

HOME
MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES
INTERNATIONAL LAW
THE SAN REMO CONFEERENCE IN CONTEXT
THE GOLDSTONE MISSION TO GAZA 2009
THE OCCUPATION
GAZA and HAMAS
1948 ARAB-ISRAEL WAR
THE SIX-DAY WAR & RESOLUTION 242
BEHAVIOR OF ISRAELI SOLDIERS
DEIR YASSIN - startling evidence
1967 & ITS CONSEQUENCES
PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
WHAT SOME ARAB COMMENTATORS SAY
APARTHEID,ISRAEL & SOUTH AFRICA
LEBANON & HEZBOLLAH
HUMAN RIGHTS
ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
MEDIA DISTORTIONS
BOYCOTTS & DIVESTMENT
INCITEMENT
MEMORANDA TO UK PARLIAMENT
DOCUMENTS & ARTICLES
RECOMMENDED LINKS
THE ICJ & THE WALL
ACADEMIC FREEDOM
About Maurice Ostroff
Machal-Nachal Reunion October 10, 2006
 

 

Emotional greetings and warm embraces were the order of the day on October 10, 2006 as former members of 1948 Machal and 1956 Machal-Nachal renewed acquaintanceships with former comrades in arms. Some had not seen each other for about 40-50 years.

 

About 180 former volunteers as well as family members and guests participated in the reunion at the Nachal Monument in Pardes Chana. Entertainment was provided by an enthusiastic dance group from the Tel Aviv Scout movement. Among several moving speeches, Smoky Simon gave an overview of the vitally important contribution made by Machal in the War of Independence. He quoted Ben-Gurion who said, “the Machal Forces were the Diaspora’s single most important contribution to Israel’s survival” and Yitzhak Rabin’s words “You came to us when we needed you most, during those dark and uncertain days in our War of Independence. You gave us not only your experience, but your lives as well.  The People of Israel and the State of Israel will never forget and will also cherish this unique contribution made by you, the volunteers of Machal”.

 

Colonel Miki Edelstein, Commander of the Nachal Brigade, who had participated in the recent Lebanon  war  told us about his very positive experiences with volunteers from abroad and mentioned that Machal is still very much alive. Many single soldiers from all over the world are today serving in Nachal. Jewish Agency chairman Ze’ev Bielski and Telfed director, Sid Shapiro delivered warm messages.

 

The success of the event was entirely due to the initiative and hard work of Tzemach Bloombeg and his ad hoc committee comprising  Doddie Gordon, Gidon Katz, Harry Shaer, Allie and Erika Dubb, Teddy Kaplan, Les Amdur, Arnie Friedman, Ivor Wolf,  David, "Migdal" Tepperson and Harold Kaufman.

 

The story of South African Machal  of 1948 has been well documented in Henry Katzew’s “South Africa’s 800”. Copies are available from David Teperson Tel. 09-9582718 or email dave_tep@netvision.net.il

 

 Tzemach emphasizes however, that the complete story of the volunteers from abroad who have served and those who continue to serve in Nachal deserves to be told.  “It really upsets me,” says Tzemach “that in the modern Israel, people don't know enough of the history of this wonderful country of ours and the part played by volunteers from abroad.”

 

A history of Machal-Nachal and those who came to serve between 1956 and 1965 is now being prepared and readers who have photos and/or anecdotes to share are invited to send photos to  Gidon Katz at sgkatz@bezeqint.net  and stories to Les Amdur at lesamdur@yahoo.com.

 

Use the form below to comment on this page
 
Please mention the sub-title of the page

Please enter your comments here. Thank you
Full name:
Email address:
Subject: