Machal Exhibit

Volunteers in the Israeli
War of Independance

Machal ExhibitThis exhibit highlights the thousands of North American Jews and Christians who came to the aid of Israel in the months before its official birth and during the period immediately after its Declaration of Independence. During this time, North Americans sent financial aid and participated in smuggling arms and other war material in violation of embargoes.

Some 1,300 men and women from North America served in the fledgling Israeli armed forces in 1948-49. They were mostly World War II veterans who brought expertise to the Israeli Army, Navy and Air Force. They were known as Machal (the Hebrew acronym for Mitnadvei Chutz La’Aretz – “Volunteers from Outside Israel”).

About half the North Americans served in the Israeli Air Force. North Americans were part of the 3,500 men and women from all over the world who volunteered for the Israeli armed forces. Forty Americans and Canadians, including seven Christians, lost their lives in the struggle for Israeli independence.

Machal Exhibit