The Western Wall

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This is a picture of Australian Infantry Sergeant Norman Peterson (CM’s grandfather) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in 1940. In 1948 it was part of Jordan and Jews like the man behind him were not allowed to pray there again until 1967 when three Israeli paratroopers, Zion Karasenti, Haim Oshti and Itzak Yifat were part of a group who liberated the site and restored pride to the newly formed nation. Last year the three soldiers that had the iconic photo taken were there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that event. This wall is of significance to the Jews as it was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple built by Herod the Great in 516BC.

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