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Yitzchak Herskovitz inadvertently became a soldier in the Battle of the Land of Israel.
3/11/2011, 1:00 AM

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Yitzchak Herskovitz learned the art of wine making from his father during the Prohibition.
Since then, he took courses in California and improved his wine making skills.
For many years he worked as a building contractor and built his own large home in California.
When he was ready to move to Israel, he bought property in Jerusalem, and then his troubles began.
For twenty-eight years, he has been fighting illegal Arab squatters who have been living on his property.
Fighting the system with the tenacity of a soldier, Mr. Herskovitz tells the whole story
of his property in the Beit Safafa neighborhood.

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