• Issue: June 1968
  • Designer: Y. Zim
  • Plate no.: 232
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Method of printing: Photogravure

The revival of the Jewish people in its land is outlined by displays of heroism and sacrifice, made by those Jews who gave their blood and soul for that land.

From the outset of the Yishuv - the Jewish settlement and community in Israel - at the end of the nineteenth century until the establishment of the State of Israel, the Yishuv struggled bravely and faced mortal dangers. Hundreds and thousands died in defensive battles to preserve the soul of the Yishuv, its property, the rights of all Jews to immigrate to Israel without hindrance, their right to settle on the land of Israel, and their right to national and political freedom and independence in the only homeland of the Jewish people.

The battles fought by the Jews of the Yishuv, before the establishment of the state and after its constitution, were many and diverse. They experienced riots and upheavals; a war against the Nazi enemy; struggles to save the despairing Jews of Europe and the Arab lands by bringing them into Israel; struggles with a foreign and hostile mandate authority; the War of Independence, the Sinai Operation, and the Six-Day War. Each battle had its fallen sacrifices. Each battle had its heroes.

In the ranks of heroes and fighters of the generation of revival, a special place is held for the fallen freedom fighters: those Jewish fighters who were captured by a foreign and brutal government while fulfilling their military tasks, and were sentenced to death or executed. See also Martyrs - Souvenir Sheet and Parachutists.

The Israel Postal Authority has taken a step to commemorate the glory of these fighters and heroes by issuing a stamp that symbolizes the aspirations of their people towards a life of freedom and independence, for which they gave their lives. The tab quotes Psalms 44:22: "Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long."

Fallen Freedom Fighters

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Fallen Freedom Fighters