Triguboff Institute backs Jerusalem Garden

November 21, 2016 by Asher Gold
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Jerusalem has  inaugurated ‘Jerusalem Garden,’ which surrounds the memorial site at Ammunition Hill .


Dan Springer 2nd left back, Ron Weiser 2nd right back

It constructed with generous support by the Australian Jewish philanthropist Harry Oscar Triguboff and his Triguboff Institute, headed by Shalom Norman.

The ceremony at Ammunition Hill also inaugurated a special historical exhibition was attended by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin.
Barkat praised the Triguboff Institute and Institute CEO Shalom Norman who were active in bringing this project to fruition. On behalf of the Municipality, the mayor pledged his commitment to preserve the new garden and maintain it for the benefit of the many international tourists and local residents who visit the site.

Minister Elkin highlighted the important historical dimension that the exhibit adds to Ammunition Hill which celebrates the achievements of the Six Day War in Jerusalem.  The exhibit, added Elkin, features the history of Jerusalem’s Jewish community over the past two hundred years, long before the rise of the Zionist movement, and its colossal impact on the city’s growth and development. As a member of the government, he expressed his commitment for a special governmental budget for the historic site and to advance a law that will grant the site special legal protective status.

Triguboff Institute CEO Shalom Norman expressed that, “This exhibit is the best possible response to UNESCO resolutions. The only way we can refute the lies being spread by UNESCO is by sticking faithfully to historical truths and educating future generations on the foundations of these truths. This is precisely the goal of this exhibit.”

Ammunition Hill National Memorial Site Chairman Menachem Landau reminded guests of the former neglect that had characterized the grounds surrounded the site and heaped his praises upon the Triguboff Institute and its directors for taking the initiative to enhance the area with the exhibit which honors and emphasizes the historic and national value of Ammunition Hill. The ceremony was also attended by Col. (res.) Shimon “Katcha” Cahaner, who fought to reunify Jerusalem in the Six Day War, Yael Antebi, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Dan Springer, CEO of JNF Australia, Dr. Ron Weiser, Honorary President of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) and Assembly Member at the Jewish Agency.

Ammunition Hill was the name given to the fortified Jordanian military post in North Jerusalem that was the scene of one of the fiercest battles of the Six-Day War. The area remained under Jordanian rule following the War of Independence but was liberated along with East Jerusalem and the Old City in 1967.  After the war, the former Jordanian military post was converted into an official memorial site which is now surrounded by the brand-new Jerusalem Garden and enhanced by the historical exhibit, ‘Mi’Choma L’Tekumah,’ that lies along the length of the garden path and describes the ongoing historic connection between the Jews and the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem Garden first opened approximately four months ago in the presence of Harry Triguboff.

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