Jerusalem gets new amphitheater
Jerusalem gets new amphitheaterEliyahu Yanai

On Jerusalem Day last week, the cornerstone was laid for a new amphitheater on Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill (Givat Hatachmoshet), in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the Six Day War's fiercest battles.

Attending the ceremony was Australian-Jewish philanthropist Harry Oscar Triguboff, who is providing financial support for the project; Ammunition Hill National Memorial Site Chairman Menachem Landau; Triguboff Institute CEO Shalom Norman; Six Day War veterans, and bereaved families.

During the ceremony, Landau and Triguboff signed two copies of a launch charter. One of the copies was buried in the ground, and the second was awarded to Triguboff.

The new amphitheater will serve a venue for lectures, events and ceremonies.

"The last time Jerusalem was united under Jewish sovereignty was during the period of the revolt of Bar Kokhba, and this lasted for several years," Norman said. "Today we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification."

"We must ensure that this reunification will be a substantial one, not only on paper but also on the land — a reunification of the peoples living in the city - Muslims, Christians and Jews alike.

"I believe that this was the will of the valiant soldiers who fought and died on this hill, and it is to this end that we must remind ourselves and the generations who visit and walk past this Hill."

This is not the first Ammunition Hill project Triguboff is supporting.

In 2016, the 'Jerusalem Garden' which surrounds the memorial site and a special historical exhibit were inaugurated. The 2016 ceremony was attended by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin (Likud).

Ammunition Hill was the name given to the fortified Jordanian military post in northern Jerusalem which was the scene of one of the fiercest battles of the Six-Day War. The area remained under Jordanian rule following the War of Independence but was liberated along with eastern Jerusalem and the Old City in 1967.

After the war, the former Jordanian military post was converted into an official memorial site. Ammunition Hill is one the the most important symbols of Israeli military achievements and an important source of pride for Israeli paratroopers.

Jerusalem gets new amphitheater
Jerusalem gets new amphitheaterEliyahu Yanai
Laying the cornerstone for Jerusalem's new amphitheater
Laying the cornerstone for Jerusalem's new amphitheaterEliyahu Yanai