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Sign: Holon - Heritage Sites in Israel - Security Road

David Elazar St, Holon, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל משרד התרבות והספורט
סמל העיר חולון

"דרך הביטחון"
בתחילת שנת 1948, כאשר הערבים שישבו לצד כביש יפו-ירושלים פתחו בירי על מכוניות של יהודים שנסעו בדרך, היה צריך לסלול דרך שתעקוף את היישובים הערבים.
"דרך הביטחון" בחולון, נסללה על ידי מהנדסי "אגרובנק", שפרסו רשתות ברזל ויצקו משטחי בטון. תחילתה של הדרך בשכונת עזרא בדרום תל אביב, בהמשך חצתה על גשר עץ את ואדי מוסררה (נחל איילון), נכנסה אל שטח בית הספר החקלאי "מקווה ישראל", המשיכה דרומה לאורך רחוב חנקין, חלפה על פני "חוסמסה" (היום מוזיאון "יד להגנה"), עברה בין בתי שכונת "מולדת" והמשיכה מזרחה לפרדסי נחלת יהודה.
מאחר שהירי והמיקוש הערבי נמשכו, נוצר צורך להסיט את הדרך דרומה, לעבר בתי שכונת "עזרא וביצרון" (רמת אליהו כיום). משם המשיכה הדרך לראשון לציון, רחובות, חולדה וירושלים. בדרך זו גם נסעו שיירות אל הנגב הנצור.
על "דרך הביטחון" הגנו לוחמי חטיבת גבעתי. הדרך סייעה ותרמה רבות לעמידת היישוב היהודי בתש"ח (1948), בחודשי המלחמה הראשונים.

[מפת דרך הביטחון]
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The sign shape is rectangular but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

The road was photographed that day Click for a larger image

The security road map shown on the sign is shown here in magnification Click for a larger image

Another sign indicates the "barrel line" that was part of the "security road" and indicated by a circle on the map Click for sign's details

The same security route is also on the sign in Mikve Israel, which has the same map as the one on the current sign Click for sign's details

A section of road from the security road is preserved and indicated on the following sign Click for sign's details

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
The emblem of the Ministry of Culture and Sport
Holon city emblem

"Security Road"
At the beginning of 1948, when the Arabs sitting next to the Jaffa-Jerusalem road opened fire on the cars of Jews traveling on the road, a road had to be paved to bypass the Arab settlements.
The "Security Road" in Holon was paved by Agrobank engineers, who deployed iron nets and poured concrete surfaces. The beginning of the road in the Ezra neighborhood in south Tel Aviv, later it crossed Wadi Musrara (Nahal Ayalon) on a wooden bridge, entered the area of ​​the "Mikve Israel" agricultural school, continued south along Henkin Street, passed the "Hosmasa" (today the "Yad Museum" For HaHagana"), passed between the houses of the "Moledet "neighborhood and continued east to the orchards of Nahalat Yehuda.
As the firing and the Arab mines continued, there was a need to divert the road south, towards the houses of the "Ezra and Bitzaron" neighborhood (Ramat Eliyahu today). From there, the road continued to Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, Hulda and Jerusalem. In this way, convoys also traveled to the besieged Negev.
The Givati ​​Brigade fighters defended the "Security Road". The road helped and contributed greatly to the Jewish community’s standing in 1948, during the first months of the war.

[Map of the security road]

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