Restoring the Battlefield Site at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai

COMMEMORATING THE HEROISM OF THE YOUNG FIGHTERS​

​WHAT IS KIBBUTZ YAD MORDECHAI?

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, named after Mordechai Anielewicz, the courageous leader of the Nazi uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto, is a kibbutz in the Negev, near Ashkelon, established in 1943.

WHY THE BATTLEFIELD?

  • During the War of Independence, in May 1948, the kibbutz heroically held back Egyptian forces that had invaded the new State of Israel and were en route to Tel Aviv to meet the Jordanian army coming from Jerusalem, thereby cutting off the south from the rest of the country  
  • By keeping the Egyptians at bay for five-and-a-half days, the kibbutz provided  time for the Israel Defense Forces to obtain more weapons and to prepare secondary lines of defense, thereby stopping the Egyptian advance on Tel Aviv
  • In 1973, the first two positions, where the fiercest battles took place, were restored; trenches and bunkers, together with displays of weapons, armor, artillery, and figures of fighters help recreate the battlefield events   

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • The historic battlefield site will be upgraded and audio-visual elements and signage added
  • A new visitors building, designed to give guests an exciting and interactive learning adventure with the help of sophisticated multi-media equipment, will be constructed  
  • It will emphasize the educational messages to be gleaned from the story of the battle, providing an interactive learning adventure

HOW IS IT UNIQUE?

The battlefield was the site of the crucial fight to maintain the territorial integrity of the Jewish state and keep the south of the country in Israel’s hands.

HOW DOES IT HELP?

  • It commemorates the return of the Jews to Eretz Yisrael and the rebirth of Israel as a sovereign state
  • It evokes the sacrifice of the 26 soldiers who gave their lives for Israel’s independence and serves as an inspiration for today’s adults and youth  

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

It costs US $1,357,000* to restore the battlefield at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai.
Every dollar you contribute will help to perpetuate the inspiring story of  Israel’s rebirth!  Donate now  
 
* Kindly contact the Projects Division for updated details on this project. 
A National Heritage Site Project sponsored in cooperation with the Office of the Prime Minister