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Sign: Acre - Heritage Sites in Israel - Derech HaArba’a

Derech HaArba’a 20, Akko, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל ממותג של העיר עכו
סמל חברת החשמל
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל

דרך הארבעה על שם: ארבעת עובדי חברת החשמל שנפלו בעת מילוי תפקידם
בתחילת 1948 שימשו דרכי התחבורה וקווי החשמל נקודות תורפה במאבק בין היישוב היהודי לבין כנופיות ערביות. עובדי הרשת של חברת החשמל נקראו לצאת לעבודה בתנאים קשים ותוך חירוף נפש.

בבוקר 18.3.48 יצאו ישעיהו הלביץ אברהם שטינפרס, יהושע בורנשטיין וקלמן גלר בדרכם לעכו כדי לתקן קו מתח גבוה שנותק. שריוניות בריטיות ליוו את הקבוצה. בהגיעם לעכו הותקפו העובדים והמלווים הבריטים מן המארב. ארבעת אנשי הקבוצה וחמישה חיילים בריטים נהרגו.

ארבעת עובדי חברת החשמל הובאו למנוחות בקבר אחים ברמת יוחנן. הרחוב שבו נפלו בעכו נקרא על שמם "דרך הארבעה".
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Unlike other signs in the same series, this sign is not shaped like the silhouette of the old building of the Herzliya Gymnasium (there is probably another sign with the same text in the usual way).

The building next to it is where the sign was taken that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
A branded symbol of the city of Acre
IEC logo (Israel Electric Corporation)
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

Road of the Four in the Name: Four IEC Employees Who Fell While Fulfilling Their Duties
In early 1948, transportation routes and power lines served as weak points in the struggle between the Jewish community and Arab gangs. The network workers of the IEC were called to go to work in difficult conditions and in a fit of rage.

On the morning of March 18, 1948, Yeshayahu Halevitz, Avraham Steinpers, Yehoshua Bornstein and Kalman Geller set out on their way to Acre to repair a severed high-voltage power line. British armor accompanied the group. Arriving in Acre, British workers and escorts were attacked from the ambush. Four members of the group and five British soldiers were killed.

Four IEC employees were laid to rest in a mass grave in Ramat Yohanan. The street where they fell in Acre was named "Derech HaArba" after them.

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