Honoring Jewish Military Personnel
Throughout history, Jews have fought in defense of their countries. As a tribute, Jewish National Fund has erected a Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, site of the pivotal 1967 battle that made possible the reunification of the city. Individual plaques can be purchased to honor Jewish soldiers who served or serve in the military of any country. Proceeds are going to develop and renovate the museum and battlegrounds and create a computerized datacenter, a library, an archive, an exhibition hall, and a center for assemblies and conferences. - Learn more about the Museum at Ammunition Hill.
The Wall of Honor
The Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill is a tribute to the heroism and courage of Jewish soldiers who, throughout history, have fought in defense of their countries far beyond their proportions to the general population.
With a donation of $5,000, you can dedicate a plaque honoring a Jewish relative, friend or loved one who currently serves, or served in the past, in the military of any country.
The plaque will include the soldier's name and country, branch, rank and dates of service.
Read the Haaretz Online article, "Israelis and Jordanians: Ammunition for peace".
Ammunition Hill holds great significance in the annals of the formation of the modern Jewish State. In the 1930s, the British built a police academy in north Jerusalem and stored ammunition on the adjacent hill, which came to be known as Ammunition Hill. In the 1948 War of Independence, the Jordanians captured the site and Jewish Jerusalem was split in two. The hill, on high ground, sat at a crossroads and was thus the centerpiece of defense. Heavily fortified with dozens of trenches terraced into the hill, it was an intimidating obstacle to overcome.
Early in the morning of June 6, 1967, believing they outnumbered the Jordanians by 3 to 1 based on erroneous intelligence, about 150 Israeli paratroopers attacked the hill. In fact, the Jordanians numbered 150. Fierce hand-to-hand combat ensued with stories of personal heroism and sacrifice in abundance. By 8:00 a.m., the hill was Israel’s but not without sustaining losses -- 36 were killed, 90 wounded. Seventy-one Jordanians died in the battle.
But on June 7, 1967, when the words “har habayit beyadenu,” “the Temple Mount is in our hands,” were uttered, a 2000-year-old dream came true. With the Kotel as the prize, Ammunition Hill was the price.
Get involved and Donate to Ammunition Hill. For naming opportunities call your local office at 888-JNF-0099.