Volunteers in Ma'alot, the 1970s. Yehoshua Zamir / Bitmuna collection

When Grandma Took Up a Gun and Joined the Fight on Israel's Northern Frontier

In 1969, veterans of the Haganah, Irgun and WWII were asked to help defend the northern communities. The media described a giant success, but archives show they were mostly asked to help with the harvest.

The IDF manpower branch had to work hard during the 1969-70 War of Attrition to find volunteers to help guard communities in the north. The relatively new “electronic computer” was put to work and it pulled...

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