Building Jerusalem’s ‘other’ wall, one honoree at a time

Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is a city famous for its walls. The sun-tanned white stones sparkle in the warm Mediterranean sun, a testament to the millennia of history that make up Jerusalem’s historical legacy.

Away from the Western Wall and the Old City, there is another wall near the junction between the eastern and western parts of the city, a lasting legacy of the bravery and sacrifice of heroes in a place where many helped unite a previously divided city. .

Jewish National Fund-USA USA Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill stands as a testimony to Jewish heroes and heroines, fighters from around the world, who serve or served in all branches of the military. And those names run the gamut of Jewish service experience; Israelis fighting for the Jewish homeland, Canadians, British, Ukrainians, Australians, Americans and more trying every tendon to fight for liberty and liberty against the axis of tyranny.

From the youngest troops to the generals with golden epaulettes draped over their shoulders, the recipients of an honor plate may not share ranks, but they embody common values. They represent the individuals that make up a nation: the Jewish nation.

In addition to hosting the US Jewish National Fund. Wall of Honor, Ammunition Hill is also an important heritage site, as it was the site of a bloody battle to overthrow the Jordanian forces that have held it since 1948. Three dozen Israeli soldiers lost their lives and 90 were injured trying (and eventually succeeding ) drive out his soldiers. adversary. The battle was crucial in the reunification of Jerusalem, a reunion of the ancient unbroken chain of more than 2,000 years of Jewish life.
Students visit Ammunation Hill and learn about the reunification of Israel (Credit: JNF-USA)
However the Wall of Honor It is not a memorial site. Many of the veterans honored at the Wall of Honor are still alive, and each plaque shows the dates of the soldier’s years of service rather than their lifetime.

The bricks that make up the wall are a metaphor for the Jewish nation. Even if one is missing, the building can remain, but it would be incomplete, a gap that cannot be filled. And it is a marker of both universality and particularity. Each brick may look the same, but each dedication shows the contribution the honoree made to the Jewish nation. Any difference is exemplified as superficial; deep down, a Jewish soul is the same, wherever it comes from.

The latest (and 500th) honoree is Harold Buzen. Born in 1926, he was too young for World War II, but he volunteered and served during the Korean War. Stationed in Italy during the war, Buzen did not see active duty but used his experience to run a food warehouse business in the Mediterranean country, a crucial cog in the supply wheel that kept the US Army fed.

Buzen’s son David expressed his joy at the recognition of his father’s service, saying that Harold was simply “an ordinary Jewish boy from Brooklyn, but that connectivity to the State of Israel is something very important to our family.” His story will be told like those of the other honorees as a living testimony of photographs and explanations, a reflection of how a life was lived and what its meaning was.

Ammunition Hill, and the Wall of Honor in particular, it acts as an example of Jewish sacrifice, of a recognition that to be Jewish is to be part of something much larger than any individual.
When a Birthright participant said after a visit to the Western Wall that before leaving Jerusalem, they wanted to visit the “other wall,” they were showing their contemporaries their pride in being able to point to their grandfather on the wall. Wall of Honor. This is, perhaps, the very essence of l’dor v’dor, “from generation to generation.” Through this historic monument, the bravery of the Jewish people is commemorated so that our children and children’s children will be inspired by generations to come.
To recognize a friend or family member who served in the military on the Jewish National Fund-US Wall of Honor. In Jerusalem, visit

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