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Sign: Mikve Israel - Heritage Sites in Israel - The guard position

Shderat ha-Dkalim, Mikve Yisrael School, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל בית הספר החקלאי - מקווה ישראל
סמל משרד התרבות והספורט

עמדת השמירה
העמדה היא אחת משרשרת מזקפים (מבנה זקוף שתיפקד כעמדת הגנה ותצפית), שנבנו במקוה ישראל בשנות ה-40 של המאה הקודמת, כחלק ממערך ההגנה של ’דרך הביטחון’ שעברה דרך מקוה ישראל והגנה על בית הספר החקלאי.
דרך הביטחון נסללה עם פרוץ מלחמת העצמאות בין שכונת עזרא בתל אביב דרך מקוה ישראל לראשון לציון על מנת להתרחק משכונת אבו כביר, תל א-ריש והעיירות יאזור ובית דג’אן הערביות, שתקפו את משתמשי הדרך היהודים. היא שימשה כמעבר בטוח גם לשיירות לירושלים, למושבות הדרום בואכה נגב ביציאתן מתל-אביב. באמצע שנות השישים הוצבה על העמדה מחרשה ע"י מרכז ענף המכניקה, יצחק כהן, מעובדיה הוותיקים של מקוה ישראל, שחינך אלפי בוגרים לערכי עבודה ופיתוח החקלאות.
שילוב העמדה עם המחרשה מסמל את ערכי בית הספר המשלב בין חקלאות וביטחון.

[מפת דרך הביטחון]
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The sign shape is rectangle 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 guard post was photographed that day (above it you can see the plow mentioned on the sign) Click for a larger image

There is a plaque on the plow that reads:
From Holocaust to Revival
Through Mother Earth
In memory of Yitzhak Cohen
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The same security route is also on the sign in Holon, which has the same map as the one on the current sign Click for sign's details, as well as on the "barrel line" in Holon Click for sign's details

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Symbol of the Agricultural School - Mikve Israel
Symbol of the Ministry of Culture and Sports

The guard position
The position is one of a chain of uprights (an upright structure that served as a defense and observation post), built at Mikve Israel in the 1940s, as part of the defense system of the "Security Road" that passed through Mikve Israel and the protection of the agricultural school.
The security road was paved with the outbreak of the War of Independence between the Ezra neighborhood in Tel Aviv via Mikve Israel to Rishon Lezion in order to stay away from the Abu Kabir neighborhood, Tel a-Rish and the Arab towns of Yazur and Beit Dajan, which attacked Jewish road users. It also served as a safe passage for convoys to Jerusalem, to the southern colonies coming from the Negev when they left Tel Aviv. In the mid-1960s, a plow was placed on the stand by the center of the mechanics branch, Yitzhak Cohen, one of the longtime employees of Mikve Israel, who educated thousands of graduates in labor values ​​and agricultural development.
Combining the position with the plow symbolizes the values ​​of the school that combines agriculture and security.

[Map of the security road]

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