Carmel Newsreel II-011, January 8, 1949

Tu BShvat 1949, Planting of the Forest of the Defenders (Yaar Hamaginim) by the Keren Kayemet and the IDF

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Entrance to forest area, a gate with a sign and a biblical quote. A convoy of cars. David Ben Gurion arrives. A mountainous landscape. Youths walking on a path in the forest. The cemetery (most likely in Kibbutz Yechiam) with bereaved families. Military ceremony on the planting grounds. A soldier speaking, in the background a sign reading: In Memory of the Fallen of Battalion 21 – the Defenders. A woman reads the poem Magash Hakesef by Nathan Alterman in a microphone. An audience with officers, soldiers and a military rabbi. Lowering the flag to half-mast. Bereaved families plant trees. Soldiers march.

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