Monday, April 23, 2007
HAPPY INDEPENDECE DAY TO ALL MY JEWISH BROTHERS
This song is truly a beautiful song. For those who don’t know the story behind this song, Israel was about to be attacked in 1967 and Israeli community was unaware of what was going to happen. This song used to be just a poem and this singer played it on a guitar just to calm people down. However, the irony was that Israeli parachuters (Tzankhanim) infiltrated eastern Jerusalem on that day. When they arrive to the old city, the religious authority told them not to use heavy artillery or weaponry because this part of the town is super holy. Therefore, parachupers entered the city with light weaponry and in a lot of occasions it was a hand to hand combat. Jordanians were sitting on the roof tops and just hunted this poor soldiers like sitting ducks. Israel suffered the worst casualties in order to capture this part of Jerusalem, but after almost 2000, for the first time in history it took control of the Western Wall. By the way, the Western Wall had been turned into a garbage disposal by the Muslim authority. However, the Western Wall was liberated and this song was dedicated to all the soldiers who died in that day. My father tells me that this song was played the whole day in all of Israeli Media and when he heard the song, even though he was only a teenager, he cried in the city of Esfahan. Every time I hear this song, I automatically have tears in my eyes.
Happy Independence day to all my Jewish brothers.