101 years since Beersheva – the ambassador

November 2, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Commemorating 101 years since the Anzac victory in Beersheva, Australian Ambassador to Israel Chris Cannan joined a group of Australian and Israeli mountain bikers at the annual Anzac ride.

Chris Cannan (2nd left) and Danny Hakim (centre)

The Anzac trail meticulously built by JNF Australia for mountain bike enthusiasts is the identical trail that the Anzac light horseman troops passed on the way from Gaza to conquer Beersheva which changed the course of history.

Danny Hakim, organizer of the ride told J-Wire: “ Last year we commemorated and celebrated 100 years with over 300 riders led by Cadel Evans and an official visit by Prime Minister Turnbull. This year we rode through the barren fire damaged trail, an incredible experience that felt like riding through history. “

The Anzac trail is part of a national park that runs along the border with Gaza. A lot of the land has been burnt by incendiary balloons coming from Gaza however many of the eucalyptus trees are growing back quickly.

At the memorial

Ambassador Chris Cannan commenetd: “It was a special experience to ride a part of the ANZAC trail with a group of Australians and Israelis in the week leading up to 101st anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.

Last year’s major centenary commemorations of the Battle of Beersheba have really lifted the profile of Australia’s military role in the Sinai-Palestine campaign of World War 1, and its great to see the ANZAC story become increasingly well known among Israelis today”.

Australian Israeli rider Dr Harvey Belik added: “We were fortunate to ride on a peaceful day after welcoming rains, the next day many missiles were fired along the border communities.

I enjoyed joining our ambassadors Chris and our Ozzie/Israelis for this years’ intimate ride. I feel we’ve started a tradition of remembrance and appreciation of the Anzacs and their achievements and sacrifices in this area.”

The 2019 Annual Anzacride will be on Nov 1. We hope to get more Australian riders and schools to join in.


2 Responses to “101 years since Beersheva – the ambassador”
  1. Lee Goffin says:

    Hello Ozsies!

    The New Zealanders were there too! Don’t forget their courageous role there too!!

    I hope to be in Be-er Sheva early next year and will explain over and over and as many times as it takes that ANZAC dose NOT mean Australians!

    • Adrian Jackson says:

      Lee, I agree, but unfortunately the Australian media and parliamentarian use ANZAC (Australian & New Zealand Army Corps to discuss everything WW1 when they should use 1st AIF (Australian Imperial Force) for the Australians who were all volunteers, not conscripts. Both countries served together in the Dardanelles, Palestine and at times in the Western front but at other times NZ divisions were part of British corps.

      Please can we drop the word Be-er Sheva or Beersheva which is an Israel spelling but in Australia and New Zealand our history books use Beersheba exclusively. The WW1 battles in Palestine occurred before Israel was established. We Aussies also say Japan not Nippon and Germany not Deutschland for example too.

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