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Sign: Raanana - The Watchtower

Ahuza St 103, Ra’anana, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל העיר רעננה

מגדל השמירה

[תמונה: מגדל השמירה]

מגדל איתות מעל בריכת מים
מגדל האיתות שמעל בריכת המים הראשונה, הוקם בתקופת מאורעות תרצ"ו-תרצ"ט. מראש המגדל היו מעבירים, ע"י איתות בפנס, הודעות למרחקים. זאת היתה הדרך הבטוחה להעבירן. היו אלה בעיקר הודעות מטעם ארגון "ההגנה". בימי מלחמת העולם השניה, הוצב פנס-פרוז’קטור על המגדל לצורך חיפוש אווירוני אוייב בשמי הארץ. כמו-כן הותקן שם גם צופר אזעקה. בתקופת מלחמת השחרור הוסיפו מעליו מגדל ברזל בגובה של כ-5 מ’ אשר הוסר כעבור שנים.

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The sign is part of a series of signs posted by the Raanana Municipality that describe significant places in the history of the place.

The QR code indicates the following link from the Raanana Heritage site: The first pool and signal tower

The tower with the sign on it was photographed on the day the sign was photographed Click for a larger image

On the tower appear in the embossed words:
J. Yentel

Marking the year of pool construction (1924) by J. Yentel Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
Raanana city emblem

The Watchtower

[Image: The Watchtower]

Signal tower over water pool
The signaling tower above the first water pool, which was erected during the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. At the head of the tower distant messages were transmitted, by signaling a flashlight,. This was the surest way to pass them. These were mainly messages from the Haganah organization. During World War II, a lantern projector was placed on the tower for an aerial enemy search in the sky. An alarm horn was also installed there. During the War of Independence, an iron tower about 5 m high was added to it, which was removed years later.

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