Midreshet Ben-Gurion – Negev

Near En Avedat and Sde Boker is Midreshet Ben-Gurion, a communal settlement which houses the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute and the tomb of Ben-Gurion and his wife Paula. David Ben-Gurion was the first prime minister of Israel and towards the end of his life he decided to live in Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev. (A kibbutz – Hebrew for a gathering – is a socialist/collective community). Ben-Gurion believed that the Negev should be settled by Jews and would have minimal Arab/Palestinian conflict.

The path towards the graves of Ben-Gurion and his wife (last photo) is lined with small fields and evergreens. The tombs (2nd, 3rd photos) are in the center of a plaza facing the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute and offer a scenic view of the Negev (first photo). Instead of placing flowers on graves, Israelis place stones as a more permanent symbol.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on October 31, 2010.

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