Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Memorial Ceremony for Avshalom Feinberg

Last week, I attended a ceremony of the planting of a palm tree shoot at the grave of Avshalom Feinberg.

On Avshalom:

Avshalom Feinberg (23 October 1889 – 20 January 1917) was one of the leaders of Nili, a Jewish spy network in Ottoman Palestine helping the British fight the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Feinberg was born in Gedera, Palestine, then part of the Ottoman Empire, and studied in France. He returned to work with Aaron Aaronsohn at the agronomy research station in Atlit. Soon after the beginning of war, Aaronson founded the Nili underground along with his sister Sarah Aaronsohn, Feinberg and Yosef Lishansky. In 1915 Feinberg travelled to Egypt and made contact with British Naval Intelligence. In 1917, Feinberg again journeyed to Egypt, on foot. He was apparently killed by a Bedouin near the British front in Sinai, close to Rafah. His fate was unknown until after the 1967 Six-Day War when his remains were found under a palm tree that had grown from date seeds in his pocket to mark the spot where he lay.

Here are some photos:

Geula Cohen:

Education Minister Gidon Saar:

Jerusalem Meir Nir Barkat:

Chief Sefaradi Rabbi Shlomo Amar:

1 comment:

Diane Cochran said...

~just stumbled upon this... Fabulous!!!