The Palmach Museum is an innovative museum that is dedicated to the Palmach Fighting Units. In other words, the fighting force of the pre-state paramilitary Haganah. The same who fought the British dominion over Palestine and was incorporated into the Israeli army in 1948. Located next to the Land of Israel Museum in Tel Aviv; the museum was established in 2000 and honors the contributions of the Palmach to the State of Israel.
The Museum was designed by Israeli architects Rafi Segal and Zvi Hecker. Moreover, the museum has been cited for its architectural importance. In fact, it is built to the plan of a star of David; broken up by three crossed swords, which was the symbol of Palmach. Inside, the museum features an underground network of multimedia experience chambers. beginning with a memorial for the fallen.
Moreover, the Palmach Museum boasts creative presentations that tell the story of the clandestine Jewish organization that fought for the creation of an Israeli state. Immersive exhibits; documentary films; and three-dimensional décor showcase the legacy of the Palmach. It’s done by taking visitors on an interactive journey with the organization from its establishment until the end of the War of Independence.
The Palmach Museum – A Journey Back in Time
So tours of the museum are guided and conducted in groups to symbolize the Palmach team spirit and to correlate with the structure of the presentation; which is set out as a series of events. Furthermore, the 90-minute tour begins in the memorial hall built to honor the Palmach warriors who died fighting for the formation of an Israeli State.
So the tour in the Palmach Museum moves through various interactive chambers. The museum is introducing visitors to a fictional unit of seven new Palmach recruits and following them on a timeline through their history. Visitors will experience a scale version of Tel Aviv’s Herzl Street in 1941; newsreels from the war in Europe; documentaries and films showing the battles fought by the Palmach and their grief at the gravesides of their fellow compatriots. State-of-the-art technology and remarkably realistic sets make visitors feel as if they are immersed in an extraordinary experience.
A visit to the Palmach Museum is highly recommended on your private tour of Tel Aviv to learn more about this much-celebrated organization and the vital role it played in the establishment of the state of Israel.
The Reasons for the Founding of the Palmach
One of the main reasons for the founding of the Palmach (lit. Striking Companies) the commando arm of the Haganah was to prepare to undertake a guerilla war; in the event, the axis forces would enter Palestine. During the 200 days of dread, Sadeh was working on the Carmel plan. The plan was to withdraw the entire Jewish community in Palestine to Mount Carmel. It meant to be like a modern Masada; forming a large enclave to withstand the invaders.
Another aim of why the Palmach was formed was to provide protection against Arab attacks. Since the Palmach consisted of unpaid volunteers, the funding was used to cover the needs of twice that number of men. When the British ordered the dismantling of Palmach after the Allied victory at the Second Battle of El Alamein in 1942, the organization went underground.
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