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"Every one of the hundred million Arabs has been living ... to see the day Israel is liquidated"

Cairo Radio’s Voice of the Arabs broadcast,
May 18th 1967.

Personal recollections from those within Israel

 

Remembering Shavuot[1] 1967

"I remember when I first went to the Kotel [2], that sense of epiphany…. The Kotel was only open to Jews. You're still surrounded by barbed wire and all kinds of warnings for land mines…

The plaza was very rudimentally prepared. The razing of the several houses had been done. The surface was just crude dirt.

The Shabbat Teshuva just before that, between Rosh Hashana[3] and Yom Kippur[4] (fall 1966), my parents very uncharacteristically said, "You know, let's go to Mt. Zion.:" Mt. Zion until '67 was the popular substitute for the Kotel. It was the closest you came as a Jew in Jerusalem to a holy site.

We went up there, we prayed, we got back and we said, "We had a great time, we should do this every year." The next Shabbat Teshuva[5] we already had the Kotel itself.

So this is Shavuot. We went the same way. We went across the Ben Hinom Valley, the way we had done just half a year earlier. And suddenly, it's vast, it's open.

There were 200,000 people, jubilant. They came from all over the country, with "tembel" [6]hats, singing, dancing. It was biblical, like a pilgrimage. [full article...]

- Amotz Asa-El - senior Jerusalem Post columnist and a lecturer at the Shalem Center.

[1] Festival commemorating Moses receiving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai

[2] The Western Wall, all that now remains of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, part of the outer perimeter wall from the Temple.

[3] Jewish New Year

[4] Jewish Day of Atonement

[5] Sabbath of Repentence, so called because it falls within the Ten Days of Repentence that lead to Yom Kippur.

[6] Soft cotton 'bucket' hat

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