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Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

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11 Sun Jun 2017

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 10:30am
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 2nd Floor
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco 

Fifty years ago, in June of 1967, the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces reclaimed Jerusalem. The first paratroopers to arrive at the Western Wall were overcome by the awesome significance of their feat as described by the IDF’s Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin: “We stood among a tangle of rugged, battle-weary men who were unable to believe their eyes or restrain their emotions. Their eyes were moist with tears, their speech incoherent. The overwhelming desire was to cling to the Wall, to hold on to that great moment as long as possible.”

These emotions were best captured in what has probably become Israel’s most famous photo of the three paratroopers at the Wall in 1967. This June, you will have the opportunity to relive this moment at a reunion of these three soldiers in San Francisco. We hope you will join us at this celebration.

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