ANZAC Day in Jerusalem

April 26, 2013 by Henry Benjamin
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Anzac Day has been commemorated in Israel.

AMbassador Andrea Faulkner addresses Anzac Day commemoration  photo: Amit Turkenwitz

AMbassador Andrea Faulkner addresses Anzac Day commemoration photo: Amit Turkenwitz

The special ceremony held at Mt Scopus in Jerusalem was addressed by Australia’s ambassador to Israel Andrea Faulkner.

The history of the ANZACs in what is now Israel is legendary, highlighted by the history-making charge of the Light Horse Brigade near Be’er Sheva in 1917. It was to mark the end of the Ottoman Empire’s control and domination of the region.

In WWII, the ANZACs were instrumental in protecting Egypt and its Suez Canal from the advancing German armies.

More than 2,000 ANZACs never made it home, perishing in WWI or WWII. 175 are buried in the war cemetery in Be’er Sheva.

 

 

ANZAC graves in Be'er Sheva. One bears a Magon David  photo: Henry Benjamin

ANZAC graves in Be’er Sheva. One bears a Magon David photo: Henry Benjamin

 

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