The story of the conquering of Mount Zion, King David’s tomb

This is the Monument erected by the Palmach and the State of Israel to commemorate the amazing heroism of my Father and the 21 Palmach Warriors he led on May 17/18 1948, who conquered Har Zion, Mount Zion, King David’s Tomb.

The Battle had begun during the day near the Montefiore Windmill at Yemin Moshe.

As my father led his warriors down Yemin Moshe and then up the very steep and rocky slopes of Mount Zion the bullets were whizzing by their faces and bodies.

One bullet penetrated my father’s shooting hand, wounding it, and making him unable to use his trigger finger. Forced to shoot with his other finger, his Sten gun then jammed. With his machine gun broken he began throwing grenades as he gave orders to his men.

Reaching the narrow corridors of Mount Zion they preceded towards Zion’s Gate.

Arriving at the Gate my Father gave the command to his fellow Palmach Warrior to throw a grenade at the Gate.

Just as he did, an Arab fighter from the other side of the Gate, closed the Gate causing the grenade to bounce off and back into the young Palmachnik’s chest, blowing up the chest, seriously wounding him.

As night became dawn Mount Zion was back in Jewish hands after nearly 2000 years.

My father and his 21 Warriors rescued 1,700 Jewish men, women, and children (and all the generations that will come from them) of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City from the Arab onslaught.

Even Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion was moved by this great action of my Father and his 21 Warriors that he mentioned their great deeds to be forever known in his book about the emergence and rebirth of the Jewish State, known as ISRAEL.19956655_10213289573298961_2183497108884738421_oABBA_Palmach_Jerusalem

About the Author
Rabbi Avi Schwartz, is the son of the Palmach Legend, Motke Eish HaGarzen, Motke the Axeman. His Father was the commander that led the 21 Palmach Warriors who conquered Har Tzion ( Mount Zion), King David's Tomb in 1948, rescuing 1,700 Jewish men, women and children from the onslaught in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Rabbi Schwartz is both a Black Hat Rabbi and Zionist activist. A filmmaker and writer, with works in Netflix, he is also the creator of the first apps against BDS: Fight BDS and BDS Myth Busters (BDS Myth Busters is sponsored by the Hollywood icon and anti-BDS activist Roseanne Barr. Rabbi Schwartz is the VP of Digital Marketing and Director of Energycite, a breakthrough technology in energy conservation. He also is the founder of Torah Teen Palmach Center, training teens to be future leaders in the tradition of the Palmach.