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Sign: Tel Aviv - London Garden - The story of the illegal immigration - Yossi Hare

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HaYarkon St 83, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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סא"ל יוסי הראל - מפקד האקסודוס (1918-2008)
יוסי הראל, נולד ב-1918 בירושלים. בגיל 14 הצטרף לארגון "ההגנה" והשתתף בפעולות נועזות במסגרת פלוגות השדה (פו"ש) ופלוגות הלילה בפיקודו של אורד וינגייט.
בשנת 1946 הצטרף לפלי"ם ופיקד במהלך התקופה על ארבע ספינות המעפילים הגדולות: "כנסת ישראל", "אקסודוס", "עצמאות" ו "קוממיות" שהביאו לארץ יחד כ 25,000 איש.
מאבקה ההירואי של "האקסודוס", עליה פיקד לצד רב החובל אייק אהרונוביץ, בחמש משחתות בריטיות שניסו למנוע הגעת ניצולי השואה הנושאים לחוף מבטחים, הפך למיתוס לאומי ישראלי ולנרטיב דרמטי בדעת הקהל הבינלאומי ותרם רבות לסיום המנדט הבריטי בארץ ישראל.
עם הקמת המדינה היה יוסי הראל ממניחי היסוד לחיל הים הישראלי ולאחר מכן מראשוני חיל המודיעין והיה מבכירי מפקדיו. בהמשך, מילא הראל גם תפקידים מרכזיים ב"מוסד".
בשנותיו האחרונות גר ברחוב הירקון מול הים שאהב - והיה מיוזמי הקמת גן ההעפלה.

Lieutenant Colonel Yossi Harel - "Exodus" ship commander (1918-2008)
Yossi Harel was born in 1918 in Jerusalem. He joined the "Haganah" at the age of 14 and participated in courageous missions with "Plugot HaSadeh" (Field Companies)- an elite Jewish strike force established as the commando arm of the "Haganah", led by Orde Wingate. In 1946, he joined "Palyam" and commanded four of the largest ships of Ma’apilim (illegal immigrants): "Knesset Israel", "Exodus", "Atzmaut" and "Komemiyut". Those ships brought some 25,000 people to the Land of Israel.
"Exodus", of which Harel was the Commander and Ike Aharonovitz, the Captain, heroically fought five British destroyers, that tried to prevent the ship full of Holocaust survivors from reaching safe haven. The story of "Exodus" became a national myth in Israel and served as a dramatic narrative that influenced international public opinion, playing an important role in ending the British Mandate.
After the establishment of the State of Israel, Harel was one of the founders of the Israeli Navy and the IDF Military Intelligence division. In later years he held key positions in the Mossad. In his final years, Yossi Harel lived on Hayarkon street in Tel Aviv, close to his beloved Mediterranean Sea. He was also one of the initiators of "Gan Ha’apala", this Memorial Site for the "Ha’apala" immigration movement.
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Part of the story of the "illegal immigration" that stretches along the silhouettes of the Ships in London Garden.

The sign is on the right side of one of the "ships" in London Park Click for a larger image Click for a larger image

The sign preceding this sign describes the story of "Exodus" Click for sign's details




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