ANZAC day in Israel

ANZAC day in Israel

There are 3 comments on the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council story from May 3, 2013, titled ANZAC day in Israel. In it, Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council reports that:

The ANZAC Day memorial ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem saw an unusually high turnout last week.

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#1 May 5, 2013
“”The ANZAC Day memorial ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem....“This year, it was reported that approximately 300 people attended the ceremony, with a very impressive presence of diplomats and dignitaries. Military attaches from”[ the world over].

"Jewish communal organisations such as the Jewish National Fund and the Australian Zionist Federation were also represented, along with Zionist youth groups including Habonim Dror, Netzer, Hashomer Hatzair, Bnei Akiva, Hineni, Betar, AUJS as well as business and sporting associations such as the Maccabi Sports Leadership Program. Representatives of ex-service organisations, the Israel-Britain and the Commonwealth Association, the society for the Heritage of World War I and the Gallipoli Association attended the ceremony as well. The impressive attendance by Jewish Australian youth was a particularly heartening reminder of the loyalty and patriotic spirit of young Australians, including Jewish Australians, and the respect and national pride they express towards their Australian heritage even when they are abroad.””

I wonder if there is some universal principal in the ANZAC spirit particularly as expressed in the Australian tradition making it natural to acknowledged it's spirit. The famous mateship that became so strong among the Australians troops was and is a force of bonding alive in it's own right. Human beings just respond internally to this bonding force. It's very mysterious and perhaps it has a home here in a place where the bonding force was so strong 2000 years ago. Humanity still retains a faint memory of that unity here in Jerusalem, so Australia's ANZAC heritage of Mateship has a magnified appeal here.

Christchurch, New Zealand

#2 May 5, 2013

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#3 May 5, 2013
Doug wrote:
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