Irgun, Lehi, Hagana descendants protest Army Radio's move to Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Post mobile website
Protection Minister Avigdor Liberman's resolution to relocate Army Radio (Galei Tzahal) from Jaffa to Jerusalem and home it within the Museum of Underground Prisoners has sparked considerations among the many little children of Irgun, Lehi and Hagana fighters who had been imprisoned there by the British.
In accordance to Yoni Amir, whose father was amongst these prisoners, the set up of a contemporary radio station will take up numerous the museum’s house and trigger it to turn into insignificant.
On Monday, in an interview with Aryeh Golan on Radio Reshet Wager, Amir listed amongst nicely-identified figures whose dad and mom had been imprisoned: journalist Ya’akov Ahimeir; chairman and CEO of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Yair Stern; Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi; and MK and former overseas minister Tzipi Livni.
This subject relates to members of all of the underground actions that fought the British, mentioned Amir, and the constructing represents a vital prelude to the historical past of recent Israel.
Equally involved in regards to the risk that the museum shall be gotten smaller is Rabbi Benjie Levine, grandson of the famed Rabbi
Arye Levin, referred to as the “Rabbi of the Prisoners,” who recurrently visited prisoners there to deliver meals and supply consolation.
Levine advised The Jerusalem Post that it will be a travesty for Army Radio to take over the constructing in again of the Russian Compound and go away solely essentially the most historic cells, comparable to that which was occupied by Meir Feinstein and Moshe Barazani. Hours earlier than they had been due to be executed, the 2 males blew themselves up with a hand grenade, which was smuggled into the jail in an orange, as they embraced one another with the grenade between them.
Their story has turn into integral to pre-state Jewish heroism in opposition to the British Mandate authorities.
In response to the fears voiced by Amir, the Protection Ministry issued a press release saying it was trying into methods to home Army Radio on the website with out infringing on the museum, and that it was hoped the presence of Army Radio would improve curiosity within the museum.
Amir was not fairly glad. He emphasised the necessity to make the problem public earlier than Army Radio strikes in, relatively than stay silent and protest solely after the deed is finished.
A nation can not progress with out realizing its historical past, he mentioned.
Levine spoke in related vein to the Post. He known as it coronary heart-breaking to stroll previous the location that for nicely over a century housed the Etz Haim Yeshiva. Though the location was registered within the metropolis’s listing of protected monuments, it was nonetheless demolished to make approach for a excessive-rise business, residential construction.
A lot of the historic atmosphere of his childhood that characterised Jerusalem is disappearing and is being changed by tall, trendy buildings, he mentioned.